Old Parking Meters Reborn As Bike Hitches in Hollywood - NBC Southern California

Old Parking Meters Reborn As Bike Hitches in Hollywood



    Old Parking Meters Reborn As Bike Hitches in Hollywood


    Those sad-looking, headless parking meters now have a new use: Last night, the city installed 52 "meter hitches" in Hollywood, all part of a plan that has been in the works for some time now. The hitches were added to the pole part of the old parking meters (these meters have been replaced by fancy new pay meters). Now that's what we call adaptive re-use.

    HOLLYWOOD -- In an effort to help Angelenos choose alternative modes of
    transportation, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti today
    announced the installation of more than 50 new bicycle racks on
    Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea and Vine. Working with the city’s
    Department of Transportation, Garcetti developed a pilot program that
    transformed into bicycle racks parking meters made obsolete by the
    city’s new Park-and-Pay system.

    “This new program will provide more bicycle parking to make it easier
    for residents and visitors who want to use bikes to get around the
    neighborhood,” said Council President Garcetti. “We want to make it
    as easy and attractive as possible for people to ride a bike rather than
    drive a car, especially for short trips.”

    To expand bicycle parking capacity, the Los Angeles Department of
    Transportation is installing “meter hitches” that convert the poles
    of former parking meters into bike racks. The racks have a central
    vertical pole with two half circles extending outward on either side so
    that multiple bicycle locks can clasp to the pole. On top of the pole is
    a small metal sign of a bicycle, denoting the pole as bicycle parking.
    (See attached photo.) Fifty-two meter hitches were installed last night
    as part of the first phase of the program.

    "LADOT is encouraging people to stay healthy, and reduce traffic
    congestion along with pollution, by taking advantage of the new bicycle
    racks in Hollywood. Be sure to ride safely" said Rita L. Robinson, LADOT
    General Manager.


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