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A Golden Opportunity For Bikers

The Hertel business district is the latest area to land a Pay and Display parking system. The installation of the new system means that hundreds of parking meters will become obsolete and therefore will be removed. Last summer we covered the removal of meters on Court Street (see post). After the meters were removed, there was not one place to lock a bike on the street. Of course no one is expecting all of the meters to stay… maybe one out of five to keep a block bike-friendly (see Buffalo bike ring). The cost savings of not removing the meters could be designated to the construction of lock rings (seen in bottom photo – Allentown). Can you imagine if The City, in a year’s time, decides that we need bike racks in our commercial districts? I called Director of Parking Leonard Sciolino’s office and after waiting through a ten-minute message, the attendant wasn’t familiar with the topic. I then called Tim Tielman of the The Campaign for Greater Buffalo (because he’s been pushing the issue) who had this to say:
“I emailed Councilmembers and got a call back from Rivera’s office. She said that she was going to look into it. LoCurto has a degree in urban planning from UB. He should make sure that this issue is addressed immediately. The meters should be bagged in the meantime to cause less confusion. I hope that they have not been removed already! We need to make Buffalo more bike friendly… especially with the gas prices the way they are. Is there a reason that the Councilpeople would not support the effort? Do they want to remove this opportunity from the people?”
Photo: Mayor Brown looks on as Director of Parking Leonard Sciolino demonstrates the new “Pay and Display” parking system at a Hertel Avenue press conference.

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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