Ten bicycle racks, funded by the Community Redevelopment Agency's Downtown Cultural Trust Fund, were installed in downtown in 1995 and 1996 as part of "The Bike Stops Here" project. (One placed at the Los Angeles Times Building was subsequently damaged and removed.) Graduate and undergraduate students designed and fabricated these racks in a course at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). This project, supported by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, was developed as a way of encouraging bicycle riding in downtown by providing security at important public places.
The racks at the Central Police Station were placed at the corner of Maple and Sixth Street to be visible to pedestrians, near the building's main entrance, and not obstruct pedestrian traffic. The design responds to the requirement for security and the need to be maintenance free. Bicycles are secured by cradling them between a pair of aluminum plates. When the plates are drawn together and locked, chimes ring,(1) and stealing the frame and wheels is impossible.(2)
Footnotes:1 "Art That Lets Them Stop Spinning Their Wheels," by Connie Koenenn, Los Angeles Times, Sec. E, p. 1, December 5, 1995.
2 Artists' statement, no date.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 2000.
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