In recent media coverage about the city of Chicago's parking meter fiasco
, an issue has arisen that needs our vocal attention. Howard created a thread months ago about local pet peeves, mentioning disappearing parking meters creating a shortage of bike parking in some neighborhoods.
The latest bit of news is that, due to pressure on the new parking meter companies to make up for their screw-ups so far, parking meters will be phased out quickly to ensure more accurate metering and reduce the number of erroneously issued parking tickets. The plan discussed on Chicago Tonight
was for 3,000 of the 3,600 existing meters throughout the city to be replaced by pay boxes by year-end.
How does this affect us? It creates a fairly urgent need to get a LOT of bike racks installed really soon. IMO, I think it's critical to emphasize to the powers that be that many of us shop and dine by bike, supporting neighborhood businesses, thus supporting the city's tax base. In light of stories like this
, asking for bike racks so that we can help support local business may improve the odds of our message being heard sooner rather than later.
** NOTE: I got a correction on the numbers. It's 30,000 of 36,000 remaining meters.