Bravo to Cllr Pete Fry for helping to preserve thousands of practical bike parking spaces. From The Sun:
As a result, the motion states, bike riders in the city would lose a huge number of bike-locking spots.
“Parking meters have served as ubiquitous and useful ad hoc cycling infrastructure in the form of a durable street furniture that is usually well located and in clear view of shopping and community destination,” Fry wrote in the motion. …
Fry wrote that the city would retrofit 2,000 of the old parking meters with ring racks — leaving the post in place — and that the old meterheads and remaining posts would be recycled or donated to other municipalities.
He said the retrofit would take three years, while the new meters would be installed within two years, and that more needed to be done to create more lockup spaces for bikes.
PT reader Dean also asks: “Why can we not get the bike parking moved off the sidewalk on to the street? It seems so simple and would make huge difference.”