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Parking Meter Update
I wanted to give an update after our Director of Planning, Carolyn Helmke, and I met with the City of
Where does this leave us? The City recommitted to leaving one parking meter for every six that are removed. This would leave more than 4,000 meters. The City is currently testing various bike rack devices that can be permanently attached to parking meters poles. When the best design is identified, the City hopes implement this solution in 2010. Secondly, 500 – 750 underutilized racks may be relocated to areas affected by meter removal.
There was discussion about placing a cover on the meters that remain that would identify these meters as bicycle parking locations either by stenciling something additional on the green hoods, or by adding signs. As the racks or meter retrofits become available, they will replace the hoods. Additional possibilities include working with aldermen to add funds from their discretionary infrastructure resources to match funds the City already has at its disposable. Chambers of Commerce and SSA’s can assist in these matters if they are inclined. Both of these are great ideas and members can help with encouraging this activity.
The City has also asked us to help with to things:
When meters are removed and aren’t replaced with bike parking (racks or a meter pole retrofit), let us know. Send the location (as close to a street address as possible) to email@example.com and we will forward to the City’s Department of Transportation. You can also call 311 and make this request.
If you are already missing bike parking because of the removal of parking meters, call 311 and tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are some next steps? The City has some work to do to identify resources for a long-term solution. All of this will likely get reported to the quarterly Mayors Bicycle Advisory Council. These meetings are open to the public. More info about these meetings can be found at http://www.chicagobikes.org/.
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