As I recall the parking meters started disappearing in (very) late 2008. At the time this was posted there were definitely some places where people suddenly found it hard to lock a bike, but the city bike agencies/orgs had not quite awoken to what was happening.
Glad you bounced this-- Gregory, if you're out there, I'd be interested in an update.
Eric Roach said:
I just noticed this thread started in 2009, I guess parking meters weren't a concern then. I was wondering why nobody mentioned it.
I live in Lakeview and commute daily to work in the Loop by bicycle. I don't find Lakeview that oppressing for cycling. PLUS, being so close to the LFP, I don't know how much support gerrymandering all of the streets for more bike lanes, much less cycletracks, you will get.
I often wonder (especially since Navy Pier Flyover was approved) what it would take to get LFP South of Fullerton seriously reworked and the curve close to Oak Street Beach protected from Winter icing. I would LOVE to see what ideas people could come up with there!
I'm certainly interested in seeing what you'll come up with; just not betting on a substantial community buy-in for realistic implementation . . .