At its June 24, 2014 meeting, the Community Board 8 Transportation Committee discussed applications for DOT Bike Corrals submitted by three Vanderbilt Ave merchants. The committee listened to a presentation by Inbar Kishoni of the DOT about applications from:
- Milk Bar - 620 Vanderbilt Ave [map]
- Branded Saloon - 603 Vanderbilt Ave [map]
- Bar Chuko - 565 Vanderbilt Ave [map]
Each of the merchants made their case for why a bike corral in front of their business would be good for the neighborhood. After a spirited open discussion, the Transportation Committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend approval of all three applications to the full CB8 board. The full CB8 board is expected to vote on the applications at its next meeting (September 2014). If the applications are approved by the full board, the DOT expects to install the corrals within a few weeks.
PHNDC's Livable Streets Committee helped the merchants perform outreach, which included an open community meeting, followed by surveying community opinion via paper and online petitions.
A Bike Corral is an innovative new approach to bicycle parking in which racks are clustered in the street. Corrals are requested by a business that will maintain the space. The racks remove bike clutter from sidewalks and are freely available to all cyclists (not just patrons of the business). See http://goo.gl/psJz3U for details.