Three Bike Corrals Installed in the Richmond, Upper and Lower Haight

A new bike corral in front of Green Apple Books on Clement Street. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfbike/##SFBC##

Bike corrals are a hot commodity in San Francisco. The SFMTA installed three within the last week: one in front of Rooky Ricardo’s Records in the Lower Haight, one in front of Braindrops Boutique in the Upper Haight, and the most recent in front of Green Apple Books on Clement Street in the Richmond.

The three corrals alone have created 30 convenient spots for bikes previously reserved to park three cars.

“San Franciscans are biking in record numbers and on-street corrals are a great way that the City is starting to catch up with widespread demand for more bike parking,” says Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “It’s also a great way that businesses are encouraging the huge numbers of people on bikes to stop and shop.”

Rooky Ricardo’s Records owner Dick Vivian told Haighteration he applied for a corral over a year ago during the bike injunction. If that’s any indication, the SFMTA likely has a backlog of demand to catch up with.

Rooky Ricardo's Records in the Lower Haight. Photo: ##http://www.haighteration.com/2011/03/bike-racks-replace-parking-space-at-rooky-ricardos.html##Haighteration##

If you know a business that would benefit from an on-street bike parking corral, you can download a flyer and application at sfbike.org/corrals.

  • 30 bikes for 3 parking spots? That’s only if no one shares a staple (6 to a stop). 60 easily. More than than if there’s something going on nearby.

  • Aaron Bialick

    roymeo –

    There are a total of 15 racks, so the count of 30 is including all spots made available.

  • jd

    I know this is just a tiny little thing, but it’s really great to see. It’s such an easy thing to do (and at very little sacrifice from car parking) yet it makes a big difference for bicyclists. The little details that make cycling better in the city start to add up ….

  • I do see the top pic only has 5 racks in it (2 on the sidewalk), but the bottom has 6. So the missing has only 4?

    Either way, I turned “3 spaces” into “5 spaces” in my head somehow as 6 (racks based on the bottom pic) * 5 = 30.

    Nevermind.

    Yay! Someplace to park when going to Social!

  • James Figone

    These are great. It would be even greater if we could get covered bike parking as they have in NYC. The NYC ones are on the sidewalk but are covered. The street based ones that we have here plus some sort of awning would be fantastic.

  • Agreed these are but a small thing but they are definitely of benefit to cyclists and also benefit to making cycling a “normal” mode of travel. Everyday people will see these and consciously or unconsciously accept bicycles to be as normal as automobiles

  • Maybe on PARK(ing) day someone should put up and leave some awnings.

  • This is great news. Parking a bicycle on that block was always a challenge. Three cheers for the SFMTA. I look forward to looking back on the days before there was at least one corral on each block.

  • Nick

    Java Beach at the end of Judah Street could use one. I don’t think the neighborhood is progressive enough to ask for it.

    It brings up an interesting point: will these ever pop up in the Excelsior or Bayview or Ingleside or Oceanview?

  • John Murphy

    @Nick I ride through those neighborhoods. The only other cyclists I see are the ones riding with me – though that may be a factor of it being 6:30 AM when it happens.

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