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News - November 9, 2012

Around Town

LESS IS MORE ... One of Palo Alto's main strategies for helping downtown residents deal with parking shortages is adding more parking facilities. But another strategy, ironically enough, is removing parking spots. The city last year began converting parking spaces at various downtown locations into "bike corrals." Each corral is a green zone the size of one car parking space and can accommodate up to 10 bicycles. The city unveiled its first bike corral in spring 2011 near Coupa Café on Ramona Street. Since then it added five more and plans to introduce two more near the new Apple Store on University Avenue and one at Lyfe Kitchen on Hamilton Avenue, according to a new report by Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez. The city sees bike corrals and bike-sharing programs as key components in its broad strategy of easing parking congestion and is offering to install corrals for free upon request, provided adjacent businesses support it. The city also expects to get some information later this year from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority about a proposed bike-share program, which will bring 100 rental bicycles to Palo Alto. The City Council is scheduled to discuss parking — presumably for both cars and bikes — at its meeting Tuesday night.

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