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From Parking Meter to Bike Parking

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 01:15 PM

New York City removed its last single-spaced parking meter this week.

But in some parts of the city, the bones of 160 old meters have been retrofitted to accommodate bike parking.

Formerly a parking meter, now a bike rack on Columbus Avenue (photo by Kate Hinds)

In addition to Manhattan's Upper West Side (see photo above) the NYC Department of Transportation has installed the parking meter bike racks along 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and on 37th Avenue in Flushing, Queens.

This isn't a new idea. Other cities do this as well, like Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cambridge bike parking (photo by Kate Hinds)

It saves cities the trouble of digging the poles out of the foundation, and gives bikers a much-needed place to lock up. According to Transportation Alternatives, there's only one bike rack for every 31 cyclists in New York City.

 

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