We received this comment from reader ‘Joseph E’ regarding locking your bike to a parking meter:
“Why is it illegal? Is it a city ordinance?
Parking meters make great bike parking, and are otherwise a huge waste of sidewalk space.
Care to explain, LADOT?”
Well, technically: yes. It’s a City Ordinance. Follow me below the fold for the longer answer…
Let’s all put our “policy wonk” hats on. Under the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code Chapter VIII Traffic SEC 88.10 it reads:
Now, some of you might be wondering how we installed those fancy looking “Meter Hitch” bike racks. Aren’t they parking meters too? Well, technically: no. When those parking meters were converted to the multi-space meters, Bike Program Staff was able to convince others in the City that the parking meters were no longer covered under the ordinance.