Parking Meters Help Renovate Trails

You don’t often see articles about parking meters in Runner’s World, but what they’re doing with old machines in Colorado is big news for trail athletes there.

Ten out-of-service meters were retrofitted with credit card readers and installed around Steamboat Springs by volunteers. People can swipe their cards while walking by to make donations of $5 or more, which goes to restore trails along the Yampa Valley–trails that are very popular with hikers and runners alike. The volunteers who spearheaded the project hope to raise about $1 to $1.5 million through the project, and got the idea after visiting Los Angeles, where donations to old meters help the homeless.

Read the whole story here. Is there a similar program in your area? Let us know–email editor@parking-mobility.org.