Push for pole-less meters has cyclists circling

July 16, 2009 6:05:45 AM PDT
Drivers hate them. But old-style parking meters are getting plenty of love from bicyclists worried about their possible demise. In cities nationwide, traditional meters are being replaced by the thousands with multi-space kiosks where drivers pay electronically. Those upgrades have urban cyclists fretting that time is running out on meter poles - the most reliable place to lock up bikes.

Now, cities from Philadelphia to Oakland, Calif., are preserving some of the old poles for bikers. Some have simply kept some defunct meters in place. Others have converted them to two bike racks by putting a metal ring on the poles.

Cycling advocates say it makes sense to preserve the poles, which are often more useful than bike racks because they are everywhere.

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