Your tax dollars at work

So if you drive a car or ride a bicycle to get around Oakland, you probably have an opinion on the city’s new pay and display parking kiosks (PDF!). If you walk everywhere, then you don’t care about parking meters, and you’re probably sick of listening to people complain about how you can’t leave extra time behind for the next person to come along, or how you have to walk all the way down the block and back to pay, or how the new kiosks are totally unfair to motorcycles, or how the city is just trying to squeeze extra money from us, or whatever other problems people might have.

Anyway, the impending removal of 4,700 parking meters last summer got the East Bay Bicycle Coalition all upset, because without the meter poles, they would have no place to lock up their bicycles. Seems like a reasonable concern, and one the City should take seriously if they actually care about alternative transportation or reducing oil consumption. So after much protest from the bicyclists, the city agreed to retain two of the old parking meters per block.

But according to a new internal audit of the parking meter bike parking project, things are not going nearly as smoothly as one would have hoped. Of 576 the old meter poles marked for retention, only 269, or 47%, are left. Nice work, whoever is in charge of removing meters. Way to screw over the bicyclists and make more work for yourself!

BTW, if you missed Dogtown Commons on the CQ Press report, it’s a familiar theme but definitely worth reading.

I haven’t written about the Gateway Community Development Project here so far, and I’m sure most of my readers saw today’s Trib story about it. Interested parties should also be sure to check out Carlos Plazola’s Op-Ed on Novometro about the project, as well as Clinton Killian’s column in last week’s Globe.

Oh yeah, big news on Oak to Ninth today, but you’ll have to read about it in the Trib or the Grand Lake Guardian for now, because I have to go pick up an obscenely expensive turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!