Capitalizing on its existing resources, New York City repurposes 12,000 of its old single-space parking meter poles into bicycle parking.

Following an early trial period that transformed 200 decommissioned single-space parking meter poles into bicycle parking, New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will be retrofitting the remaining 12,000 meter poles into bike racks to provide reliable bicycle parking throughout the city.

Bike parking has been on the decline in New York since the city switched from single-space meters to a multi-space meter system. The new meters arguably help optimize street parking for cars by ending rigid parking space delineation, but – where the poles of the old meters provided an abundance of easy-to-find bike parking throughout the city – the multi-space system offers less poles to lock up to.

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