October 23, 2012 | Vol. 7 No. 13

City installing more bike racks in South Side

When the Pittsburgh Parking Authority recently changed out the single-space meters to new multi-space meters in South Side there was one group of parkers left with fewer spaces in the neighborhood.

Bicycle riders who often would lock their bikes to the old meter head poles were suddenly left with fewer options. To off-set the loss of the bike parking, and prevent cyclist from illegally attaching their wheels to private property or even trees in the Carson Street corridor, the city will provide another option.

The city departments of City Planning and Public Works will be installing at least one inverted U rack at the corner of each impacted block. According to Noor Ismail, additional bike racks will be installed based on supply and demand.

The bicycle racks will be placed to meet ADA requirements, maintain pedestrian traffic and avoid conflict with parking motorists. The racks should all be installed before the end of October.

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