Yesterday morning I received an email from my father, attached with photos of some new bicycle parking facilities in the city of Malmö– the cycling capital of Sweden. Previously he has sent me pictures of typical, everyday cycling in Malmö, which I shared in a post. This time it’s pictures of new bike corrals in central Malmö.
The on-street bicycle parking, as my father points out, frees up sidewalk space for outdoor dining, and provides a permanent buffer between the sidewalk and the adjacent traffic.The red silhouette of a car demonstrates how space efficient the bicycle parking is, and the corrals serve many more customers than the automobile parking spaces they replaced.
Here in Los Angeles, we are now lucky enough to finally have similar bicycle parking facilities in the area. Long Beach has a handful of bike corrals and City of Los Angeles got its first bike corral in Highland Park not long ago (pictured below).
As a Malmö native and current Angeleno its great to see both cities further embrace bicycling as a mode of transportation. With bicycling representing about 30% mode share in Malmö, they must be doing something right– and if Los Angeles implements similar facilities it gives us reason to be optimistic for the future of cycling in LA. Naturally there is more to Malmö than bike parking, and I plan to share what the city has to offer when I visit in June.That’s right, Walk Eagle Rock is going to Malmö! The trip is primarily to see my family, but if I snap a few photos cool bike infrastructure I’ll be sure to post them here.