Saskatoon to convert parking meter poles into chairs, bike racks
45 parking meter posts will be transformed this summer
As part of a pilot project, the City of Saskatoon will retrofit old, now useless, coin parking meter stands into places to sit or park a bike.
The pilot project would see 45 posts in the downtown, Riversdale, and Broadway areas converted into "amenity stations." They will all have bike racks and 15 will have a table and chair.
The report was presented today at City Hall's Transportation Committee. It explained that parking meters serve as an important source of informal bicycle parking.
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Coin parking meter posts are currently being removed throughout the city since being replaced with FlexParking Pay Stations.
According to the report, "full stations, containing a fold-down seat and table top, will be installed in modest quantities".
The estimated cost of the proposed project is $22,700.
- A previous version of this story stated that the City of Saskatoon would consider converting the parking meter poles. CBC News has confirmed that the city planned to go ahead with the pilot project.May 11, 2015 12:19 PM CT