“That’s part of why even smaller cities like Arlington, Va., Buffalo, N.Y., and Sacramento, Calif., have responded to the voices of cyclists and preserved many of the old poles as they modernized meter parking.”
Gotta love an Associated Press article that talks about recent efforts for cities to preserve headless parking meter poles in order to convert them to bike locking stations. Check out the Buffalo mention (above) as one of the forward thinking cities that has already made the leap. When we were fighting for those poles to be left for cyclists (sorry Chippewa, you shouldn’t have been so hasty), an argument was presented that bike racks would be replacing the poles. From the AP article:
“Even though cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago and others have added bicycle racks by the thousands, cyclists say they are never as ubiquitous and convenient as meter poles.”
The article wraps up by saying, “But over the past several years, the city [New York City] has removed about 10,000 meters — and advocates bemoan the fact that the city doesn’t seem anxious to keep or convert the old meter poles. “We think it’s a big missed opportunity. The shortage of on-street bike parking is very pronounced in New York,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group. “Basically, the line from the city has been ‘The ship sailed on that.'”
Photo: Terry Hogle of Atlas Steel and EB Iron Art | Not only is Buffalo converting existing parking meter poles, Go Buffalo efforts have advanced so far as to replicate the look where no meters existed. These are easy to install, less of a headache to make, less expensive, and there are even updated models that can be placed over the poles that remain.