A 'Bike Corral' Comes to Franklin Ave.

On-street bike parking in front of Little Zelda replaces one spot for cars with eight for bikes.


On-street bike racks have arrived in Crown Heights.

Called "bike corrals," they replace one parking place with eight bike spaces in front of Little Zelda on Franklin Avenue between Park and Sterling. 

The racks arrived late last week, about two months after Little Zelda owner Michael De Zayas put in an application for one at the suggestion of a DOT staffer who noticed the coffee shop's lush plantings. As part of the deal, De Zayas agrees to put plantings in corral's large flower pots and remove litter and snow from the area.  

This corall is only the eighth in New York City, and the third in Brooklyn. New York City's first corral arrived at Smith and Sackett streets in August of 2011 and Fifth Avenue got one in front of Gorilla Coffee in April of 2012

Several Crown Heights residents said they were psyched to have one come to their neighborhood. 

"It looks great, it’s convenient for people, and it’s building the Brooklyn bike community," said Deena Atkinson, a freelance writer.

"I think it’s a positive development for not only the neighborhood but for the whole city, to encourage alternatives to transportation that’s not a car or even a bus, which uses gas," siad Haesun Kim, who works in development for the Audubon Society. 

The corrals, which also contain two large planters will also help beautify the street.

Through the winter they will hold evergreens and other winter-hardy plants, but in the spring, de Zayas said he's going to go all out.

Local artist Mike Perry has agreed to decorate the planters themselves, and de Zayas is planning "an overabundance" of plantings as the weather gets warmer.

"By spring it should be jaw-dropping," he said. 

Amy Sara Clark December 05, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hi Jasmine, Most sources site the dividing line between Prospect Heights and Crown Heights as Washington Avenue, so I go with that. However, this site covers the area between Flatbush and Franklin. Best, Amy
Nicola December 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Franklin Avenue is absolutely Crown Heights despite what realtors may try to tell you. Washington Avenue is the dividing line between the two nabes.
chris mcnally December 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I parked my bike there while shopping at 3 places on Franklin Avenue Monday night. I know Little Zeldas will make it look awesome because look what they have done inside and out of their little cafe. Nothing could be cuter or more welcoming than their space. Can we get one outside of Franklin Park?
miggs December 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
This is going to look gorgeous in the spring!
Amy Sara Clark December 05, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Hi Chris, People can apply for bike corrals here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bike-corral-application.pdf Hopefully soon we'll have them all over the city, but I'm so proud Crown Heights is one of the first to get one. -Amy


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