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New Corrals Bring Bike Parking to Ninth Avenue

By Mathew Katz | April 2, 2013 1:50pm

HELL'S KITCHEN — Forget buses — the Port Authority is getting a host of new bike parking spots.

The Department of Transportation is building new "bike corrals" in the shadow of the city's massive bus terminal on Ninth Avenue, to complement a recently installed bike lane along the stretch.

Each corral takes up a space roughly the size of a parking spot next to the bike lane, with four racks in each corral — making room for approximately eight bikes each.

The city is rolling the corrals out along Ninth Avenue over the next few days, with spaces slotted for spots between West 35th and 36th streets, West 38th and 39th streets, and one that's already been installed between West 39th and West 40th streets, according to DOT and CHEKPEDS chairwoman Christine Berthet.

The new corrals are among a handful that have been installed citywide. Each corral can be requested by a nearby business, which agrees to maintain the sites. Along Ninth Avenue, the corrals were requests by restaurants Casa di Isacco, Pomodoro Italian Restaurant and Aura Thai Cuisine.