A bike corral is just the sort of high-visibility action that would put New Haven on the map as a bicycle-friendly city.
Mark Abraham suggested that the area in front of Au Bon Pain on York Street would be an ideal location and I agree.
From Mark Abraham:
“A ‘bike corral’ would be great to have at the NW corner of Elm and York. What’s great is that it could help pedestrians, too.
The curb at the NW corner should be extended to reduce the crossing distances across York, similar to what was done on the SW side during the mid-1990s rebuilding of Broadway.
A curb extension would significantly slow the traffic that currently flies around the corner, endangering pedestrians. A shorter distance would also make the street easier to cross.
Just past that, in front of ABP, could be a perfect spot for a corral. Currently, there is a lack of bicycle parking in this area, and bikes tied to meters reduce the space available for pedestrians on what is a very busy sidewalk.”