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After the initial trial of 200 parking meters being a success, New York City decided to continue retrofitting the rest of the poles to suit cyclists. Saving money has never been smarter, using something torn up and old and making it useful saves in not having to buy new bike racks. Another wise suggestion for New Yorkers, sell your car and buy a bicycle!
Two years ago, New York City's Department of Transportation decided to transform some of the city's decommissioned parking meter poles into bike racks. In part, it was a way to help fix a new problem: when the city installed an electronic multi-meter parking system for cars, and took out the tops of the old parking meters, cyclists suddenly had fewer places to lock their bikes. Of course, those were never official bike racks, and weren't ideally suited for the task. By retrofitting the poles with new circular loops, the city created many more options for bike parking, helping solve the problem of one spot for every 30 cyclists.