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NYC is turning 12,000 old parking meters into bike racks

Love this story! I wonder what I can retrofit around the home…

Via SmartPlanet
In 2011, New York City decommissioned its last single-space parking meter. Many of the parking meters were sold, but discontinuing the use of single-space parking meters meant that there were thousands of iron poles sticking out of the sidewalks. Now the city has a plan for them: bike parking.

The city’s department of transportation has signed a $2 million contract to turn 12,000 old parking meter poles into bike racks. But is it worth the money? You bet, the New York Post reports:

Although the $1.9 million contract might seem like a lot, officials say that using existing infrastructure saves money because they don’t have to rip out the poles.

And because they’re made out of sturdy old parking meters, they are more difficult to steal.

The city already has about 200 parking meters that have been retrofit as bike racks. But with this new plan, the city will more than double its current number of bike racks.
Photo: Flickr/nycstreets



50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

I love this site! I’m always looking for ways to recycle and reuse old items. Thanks, Twisted Sifter!



If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of old stuff just lying around your house. It’s not doing anything but taking up space, but you’re either too busy (or lazy), sentimental or just have more important things to deal with. Well if you’re looking for a little inspiration or a new DIY project, here are 50 creative ways to repurpose, reues and upcycle old things.

There’s a pretty broad range in this list but hopefully a handful jump out and spark an idea for you and your home!



1. Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords


toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires




2. Turn Old Credit Cards Into Guitar Picks


stamping old credit cards into guitar picks




3. Create a Window Cover Using Old Picture Slides


picture slides used as window drapes




4. Upcycle Old Light Bulbs Into Candles


old lightbulb turned into candle




5. Repurpose Old CD Holders Into Bagel…

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