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There are only very limited secure bicycle storage facilities at Bishops Stortford station. The vast majority of the cycle bays are old fashioned types which grip only the wheel edge and do not allow the frame to be secured to modern standards. This has led to competition for a small number of locking points, such as the vertical supports of the bike shelters.
Cycles are not only being stolen because they are insecure, but also numerous arguments and friction are arising between cyclists and motorcyclists over obstruction caused by cyclists being forced to lock their bikes against the supports in the designated motorbike section.
This continuing situation is unacceptable, particularly as provision of proper locking points would not be disproportionately expensive.
We, the undersigned, petition Hackney Council to change Controlled Parking Zones policies throughout Hackney to benefit local business and residents.
There's a parking problem in Westboro Village. And it's spilling on to our residential streets.
More and more visitors to Westboro are parking on residential streets making them less safe, especially for pedestrians, including our children.
Because the City of Ottawa is letting it happen.
Builders can opt out of providing customer and visitor parking for their retail and residential tenants by giving the city some money. The city is supposed to use that money to provide public parking.
Not since Mountain Equipment Coop, Loblaws and Westboro PharmaSave built their new facilities with adequate or more than adequate parking has any customer or visitor parking been added to Westboro.
The newer buildings do not have their own parking for retail customers. Customers and the people visiting the residents of condos have to park on Richmond Road or Churchill. If there are no parking spaces to be found they are resorting to Golden, Byron, Roosevelt and Berkley, the neighbouring residential streets.
If the City of Ottawa does not start requiring new buildings to provide their own customer and visitor parking this situation will spread to more of our residential streets.
The city will not change its modus operadi unless it has to.
Because either of their options cost the city money. If they force builders to include visitor and customer parking then they will collect less taxes from the new building.
And, of course, it costs the city money to acquire land for public parking.
So the city does not have an incentive to act in our best interests. Unless we make a stink.
Sign this petition so that the City of Ottawa knows that we expect more for Westboro and we're ready to demand it.
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Do you pay for resident parking permits in Maindee?
If so do you know that there is no wardens in Maindee to enforce other people not to park in the street for more than two hours and that the Police can not give out tickets to people because they haven't got any! The council also knew that there has been problems in Maindee in the last two years so why have we the residents have to pay for the permits still?
So this may not just be in Maindee but the whole of Newport might have a problem. If you do then please still sign this petition.
Wagga Wagga City Council has proposed to stop all trucks from parking in the Main St of Tarcutta, NSW post bypass and prohibiting any transport related business from starting within the Village. This is to be passed in their DCP (Development Control Plan).
We need to stop this from happening. Tarcutta has been Australia's own Transport town since trucks started running the Hume Highway.
Parramatta Council earns more revenue from parking than they do from rates. Parking costs are excessive @ $7 a day. On the 14 th of May parking officers in Parramatta did a stake out in a 2 hour parking area adjacent to the Parramatta pool. They set parkers up by painting their Tyres heavily with liquid chalk, writing down registration numbers of all vehicles parked in the two hour zone and photographing people wiping the chalk/ paint off their tyres. They threatened the people photographed, saying they would speak to their employer.
These heavy handed tactics are NOT Acceptable from a council that can't provide sufficient paid parking. The
By 8am the paid parking is full. People with childcare responsibilities are being indirectly discriminated against.
Nobody likes getting parking fines and we definitely hate paying for them. What makes it worse is when your fine is not only due to a ridiculously outdated reason but the price of the penalty that goes with it is equally ludicrous.
Many local residents in Sydney’s suburbs have experienced the shock of finding a $197 (the current penalty in 2010) on their windscreens or in their mailboxes for parking, according to the brilliance, too close to the intersection. 10 meters is apparently sufficient space needed for a driver to prepare to turn into an adjacent street. 10 meters is also, unfortunately, the length of two cars or who are desperate to get a spot close to their homes and not have to walk half a street after a hard days work. It’s time to stop this unfounded parking law and the revenue raising scams of local councils!
As a driving instructor for many years, I see examples of bad driving, dangerous driving, bad obstructive parking, terrible pedestrian activity, lack of consideration, intolerance, impatience, aggressive driving, total ignorance and stupidity amongst some drivers, lack of knowledge of the Highway Code, lack of attention to safety, and downright nastiness towards ourselves (with learners at the wheel) and with others.
I teach people to drive by the rules, as do the driving instructor industry as a whole, and yet, all around us are idiots, criminals, and fools, and no one to bring them to book. There is an absence of police to enforce the rules and laws, already in existence, and all we have is a seemingly useless parking patrol service, which I have been seen to ignore bad parking.
We need to put the servicing of the highway laws back into the hands of the police. We need something with teeth to bring these people into line, for the general safety of others.
We find it unfair that this would be the only time limited parking for lots associated with the City of Madison Parks.
Putting a sidewalks in would create problems with mandatory snow removal and it will take away at least 15 feet from the front of all homes involved. Parking your car would be almost nonexistent for yourself, and visitors. It will also cause loitering in from of your home. Emergency vehicles, would probably have a tough time getting close enough your residence.
Somerville has had notoriously high priced parking ticket policies for a long time and has gotten to the point where the people can no longer go undefended.
Though the existence of the parking laws are fully merited, it is nearly impossible for every car owner in Somerville to daily dodge the plethora of possible parking violations, "permit only, resident pass missing, street cleaning, snow emergency, car not moved for 48hours, etc...". And this would not be such an issue if rules were there for their claimed purpose of "...ensuring the orderly and controlled flow of traffic".
With such unrelenting ticketers, and with ticket prices as high as $50 for not having a pass, one could easily assume that the real goal of the Somerville Parking Authority is to "extort as much money from the residents as possible" in many cases, to fill gaps in their budget. With taxes where they are, these gaps are just as inexcusable as their method of getting more money. It has been recorded that Somerville has made up to $200,000 a day on parking tickets.
Getting our money through taxes is fair and balanced and takes more money from those who can afford it. By filling their budget with overpriced parking tickets the city of Somerville hits hundreds of its citizens, many of which are already poor, with an unfair and often unmanageable deduction.
Sign this petition and let Somerville know that we are not just a bunch bad parkers looking to get out of a ticket, that we are happy to abide with a law which is fair and created in the name of the citizens, and since that is not currently the case, we demand a change.
IUPUI University is a school with over 29,000 students and growing every year. The exact ration a this point and time for students to parking spaces is 3 to 1.
Students continually to buy parking permits but are not guaranteed a spot to park. This is a growing problem and it needs to be taken care of.
At Ball State, freshmen should be able to purchase better parking passes so they do not have to put up with the unnecessary expenses and hassles when the car is parked in the stadium lot.
Dana 22.9.2009. na zagrebačkom kvartu Trnje / Savica postavljeni su znakovi za naplatu parkiranja u 3. zelenoj zoni (Zinke Kunc, Ljerke Šram, Rogozova ...).
Kako se radi o parking prostorima koji su prvenstveno napravljeni kao parking za stanare istih (mjesta je premalo već godinama),
"Dovođenje reda na parkinge" i navodna ponuda povlaštenih mjesečnih karata za stanare nemaju smisla, jer nitko ne garantira da će naplaćeno mjesto uopće postojati.
Dakle, razlog je ubiranje dodatnog "harača", a ne pomoć stanarima Savice
The new Arena will be taking over a parking lot of which City/County employees park to get to work. We will lose 119 spaces and 5 handicap spaces. (Not including the several 1 hour parking spots that were available).
Currently Vanderburgh County employs approximately 850 full time employees and approximately 129 people employed by the City, not including the Police Dept.
Events that take place during weekdays at The Centre sometimes draw numbers in the thousands. When there are daytime events happening during the work week at The Centre, Civic Center employees have a very difficult time finding a parking spot in order to come to work. After the 10,000 seat Arena is built, that situation will only worsen. While they are building the Arena, will there also be a number of construction workers and pieces of equipment using the 'back 40'? There are other people that use the 'back 40', i.e. Signature School students, employees from the walkway and adjacent businesses.
Those of us with a one hour lunch period and need to leave for lunch, have a hard time getting back in an hour. Half of that time is spent on getting to and from our cars and the near impossible feat of finding another parking spot when returning from lunch!
Dave Rector sometimes sends memos informing Civic Center workers that there will be parking problems on certain days because of events at The Centre. If there are problems now, what is it going to be like when the Arena is open? We are told to get to work earlier to accommodate this problem. We do not get paid to come in early, just to make sure we have a parking spot to get to our jobs! We are not guaranteed a parking spot when we come to work. We have no designated spots for only City/County workers.
Possible solutions would be for each employee to have a permit to park in a specific spot. Or a well-patrolled parking garage behind the Civic Center. A walk overpass from that garage to the Civic Center would be ideal. Trolley service would also be a good solution for employees to use when having to park a long distance from the office. We know that walking is healthy but no one should have to walk several blocks in snow and ice and freezing temperatures in order to get to work, especially our handicap employees!
The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County currently rents space in the Civic Center Complex from the Building Authority. Does this agreement include parking spaces? Businesses are required to have a certain number of parking spaces available for employees and customers. Does the Civic Center meet those requirements?
Είμαστε εντελώς αντίθετοι στην πρόθεση του Δήμου Κερκυραίων να προβεί στην κατασκευή και παραχώρηση εκμετάλλευσης υπόγειου σταθμού αυτοκινήτων στην Πλατεία Σαρόκου.
Οι πόλεις και οι πλατείες κατασκευαστήκαν για τους ανθρώπους και όχι για τα αυτοκίνητα.
Δεν είμαστε πια διατεθειμένοι, όπως και άλλες φορές, να εξακολουθήσουμε να πληρώνουμε, κυριολεκτικά, την προχειρότητα, τη βιασύνη στο σχεδιασμό και την υποεκτίμηση των αναγκών της πόλης από τους τοπικούς αιρετούς. Η απόφαση/επιλογή της δημιουργίας υπόγειου χώρου στάθμευσης στην Πλατεία Σαρόκο δεν δικαιολογείται με την/από την ανάγκη να βρεθούν λύσεις στα οξύτατα προβλήματα στάθμευσης και στο κυκλοφοριακό κομφούζιο που παρατηρείται καθημερινά.
Σήμερα δεν μπορεί η πόλη μας να αναπτύσσεται και αναδιαμορφώνεται με τέτοιον τρόπο ώστε να εξυπηρετεί τα αυτοκίνητα και όχι τους ανθρώπους που την κατοικούν.
Την ίδια στιγμή που συζητάμε για πράσινες πόλεις, που όλη η Ευρώπη προσπαθεί να διώξει τα αυτοκίνητα από τα κέντρα των πόλεων και να δημιουργήσει περισσότερους χώρους για την κίνηση πεζών και ποδηλάτων, ο Δήμος σκέπτεται να πράττει το αντίθετο.
Στην απόφαση A6-0199/01-04-2009 του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου σχετικά με την εκπόνηση σχεδίου δράσης για την αστική κινητικότητα και στα μέτρα που προτείνει η Ε.Ε. δεν αναφέρεται πουθενά ότι η δημιουργία χώρων στάθμευσης εντός των κέντρων των πόλεων είναι χρήσιμη στην ΒΙΩΣΙΜΗ ΑΣΤΙΚΗ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗ. Επισημαίνεται πως η κατασκευή υπόγειων γκαράζ στα κέντρα των πόλεων είναι μια αδιέξοδη λύση, κίνητρο για εντατικότερη χρήση του αυτοκινήτου. Τροφοδοτεί το φαύλο κύκλο του κυκλοφοριακού κορεσμού με αποτέλεσμα περισσότερη ατμοσφαιρική ρύπανση με τις γνωστές επιπτώσεις στην υγεία των πολιτών.
Οι υπόγειοι χώροι στάθμευσης στο κέντρο της πόλης έχουν αποδείξει πια ότι:
1. Δεν εξυπηρετούν τους κατοίκους αλλά μόνο τους τυχών επισκέπτες εξαιτίας των υψηλών τιμών τους (8-12 ευρώ την πρώτη ώρα).
2. Αυξάνουν την ατμοσφαιρική ρύπανση. Υπάρχουν μεγάλες τεχνικές δυσκολίες για την εγκατάσταση πράσινου στην επιφάνεια των υπόγειων πάρκινγκ. Τέτοιες είναι προβλήματα στεγανοποίησης, η ανάγκη εξαερισμού, το πάχος του εδαφικού επιφανειακού καλύμματος, η απαιτούμενη μεγάλη στατική ενίσχυση της κατασκευής κλπ..
3. Λειτουργούν και σαν βιομηχανίες ρύπων βενζολίου και μολύβδου, επιβαρύνοντας έτσι την ήδη επιβαρημένη ατμόσφαιρα της πόλης.
4. Περιορίζουν και υποβαθμίζουν τον ελεύθερο δημόσιο χώρο, λόγω των αναγκαίων επιφανειακών εγκαταστάσεών τους (είσοδοι-έξοδοι, ανελκυστήρες, εξαερισμοί).
5. Δεν λύνουν τελικά τα προβλήματα στάθμευσης και ως εκ τούτου το κυκλοφοριακό πρόβλημα σε μια πόλη. Η δημιουργία τους επιβαρύνει ακόμα περισσότερο την κυκλοφοριακή συμφόρηση πέριξ της πλατείας λόγω της αθρόας προσέγγισης πολλών οχημάτων που επιθυμούν να σταθμεύσουν στο υπόγειο πάρκινγκ.
Τα παραδείγματα για όσες πλατείες στην Αθήνα χρησιμοποιήθηκαν για υπόγειες εγκαταστάσεις είτε σταθμών του Μετρό, είτε υπόγειων χώρων στάθμευσης είναι χαρακτηριστικά και άκρως διαφωτιστικά με πολύ τσιμέντο και ελάχιστο πράσινο (Πλατεία Ομονοίας, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, Πλατεία Κοραή, Πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος, Πλατεία Κάνιγγος, Πλατεία Μοναστηρακίου, κλπ).
Για την λύση του κυκλοφοριακού, από τη στιγμή που η πόλη δεν διαθέτει περιφερειακές αρτηρίες, προτείνουμε αυτό που επιδιώκουν πια όλες οι σύγχρονες πόλεις, την Βιώσιμη Αστική Διαχείριση, που σημαίνει:
Ανάπτυξη περιφερειακών χώρων στάθμευσης με χρήση υβριδικών λεωφορείων για την τακτική μεταφορά των επιβατών σε συγκεκριμένα σημεία της πόλης, γνωστός ως Park & Ride. Οι πιθανοί χώροι που έχουν εντοπισθεί είναι τα εξής: Πλαζ Αγίας Αικατερίνης, οικόπεδο του ΑΣΚ στο εμπορικό, ιδιωτικό οικόπεδο στα Παγκρατέικα, οικόπεδο του Δήμου Κερκυραίων στην οδό Ι. Θεοτόκη, οικόπεδο των Αδελφάτων στις Κουλίνες).
Αποθάρρυνση της άσκοπης χρήσης, έλεγχος και περιορισμός της κυκλοφορίας και στάθμευσης των αυτοκινήτων στις κεντρικές αστικές περιοχές, αλλά και της λειτουργίας των ταξί σαν παρασυγκοινωνία και εφαρμογή κατάλληλης τιμολογιακής πολιτικής στάθμευσης που να προωθεί την μετεπιβίβαση στη δημόσια συγκοινωνία και να απελευθερώνει τον πολύτιμο χώρο των ιστορικών κέντρων ώστε να διατίθεται για πράσινο, περπάτημα, ποδήλατο και δημόσια συγκοινωνία.
Ενίσχυση των μέσων μαζικής συγκοινωνίας.
Απομάκρυνση δημόσιων υπηρεσιών ή καλύτερη αποκέντρωση τους ώστε να μην αυξάνονται τα αυτοκίνητα στο κέντρο της πόλης.
Αξιοποίηση δημόσιων ελεύθερων χώρων για την κίνηση των πολιτών και των επισκεπτών της πόλης.
Ένταξη της μετακίνησης και των μέσων της σε μια λογική εξυπηρέτησης της ζωής της πόλης και όχι το αντίθετο: η ζωή στην πόλη, δηλαδή, να καθορίζεται από τις ανάγκες που γεννά η μετακίνηση και τα μέσα της.
Προστασία και μέριμνα για τους χώρους ελεύθερης χρήσης από τους πολίτες για την βελτίωση της ποιότητα ζωής ως ολιστική συνολική αξία.
Ολοκληρωμένος Αστικός Σχεδιασμός.
Ο Δήμος Κερκυραίων δυστυχώς δεν έχει προωθήσει καμία μελέτη για να απορροφήσει τους κοινοτικούς πόρους από το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης για την βελτίωση των υποδομών και μεταφορών της πόλης. Η έλλειψη αυτής της σημαντικής πρωτοβουλίας μαζί την πολύχρονη ανάγκη να ληφθούν ουσιαστικά κυκλοφοριακά μέτρα για την πόλη μας, δεν μπορεί να δικαιολογήσει αυτή την βιαστική απόφαση (δημιουργία υπόγειου πάρκινγκ) η οποία με βάση τα ευρωπαϊκά δεδομένα, εμπειρίες, έρευνες και στατιστικές έχουν πια αποδειχτεί ότι δεν φέρνουν το αναμενόμενο αποτέλεσμα και ταυτόχρονα επιβαρύνουν την ποιότητα ζωής των κατοίκων.
Media Release from Senator Humphries:
Senator Gary Humphries is outraged at yet another attempt by the Stanhope Government to impose paid parking in the parliamentary triangle, calling for him to let the issue die.
Senator Humphries has started a petition through his website, saying that “we have seen increase after increase in parking fees around Canberra from this government with no real improvement in roads, or in public transport.
“Now Mr Stanhope wants to collect parking fees in the parliamentary triangle, with no indication of any improvement in the bus system to help those who might now wish to leave their cars at home.
“All this says to me is that imposing paid parking in the parliamentary triangle would be a plain and simple tax grab, and I won’t stand for it.
“Labor has been chafing at the bit for some time to get paid parking into the triangle.
“Time after time, Jon Stanhope has received clear indications that imposing paid parking in the parliamentary triangle is totally unacceptable, yet he won’t let it die.
“My message to Jon Stanhope is this: fix the buses, then we’ll talk about paid parking!” Senator Humphries concluded.
29 July 2009
Double yellow lines extending 25 metres down Kimberley Road, along with 20 metres and 17 metres on Victoria Avenue will remove vital parking spaces for residents and their friends and families. The detrimental consequence of this will force residents to park further down an already overcrowded Kimberley Road or on the one available side of Victoria Avenue already back-to-back with cars.
Restrictions will intensify parking problems for all local residents and will unlikely control school parking that occurs for just 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, and only 39 weeks of the year!
Whereas this proposal would affect residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks a year!
Parking is already problematic and a constant here so why make the situation much worse?
The roads opposite Highgate Woods; Woodland Rise, Woodland Gardens, Onslow Gardens and Cranley Gardens have come under increasing parking and traffic pressure during the last few years.
The streets are increasingly used for car parking by those unable to park close to Highgate station and in Muswell Hill due to the introduction of CPZ schemes in both Highgate and Muswell Hill. In addition a number of trade vehicles from local business currently use the road as a parking facility.
Local residents have found it increasingly impossible to park close to their homes and there is increased traffic flow through these residential areas from non residential traffic. There are also safety concerns from the residents of this area many of which have young families.
We request that Haringay Council consider a CPZ for this area.
This is a notice to request Permit parking on Woodridge Road. Lately, the commuters to NYC have been parking on this street and this has made the driving conditions dangerous due to blind spots.
Additionally, the snow ploughs cannot clear the streets with cars parked on narrow streets.
Enclosed is a petition to be circulated to those affected residents.
If you have further questions, please contact Alok Shah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carlos Ramirez (email@example.com)
All classified staff employed by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be forced to take a mandatory 1 day a month furlough.
Professional and Faculty State Workers will not be effected by the State Mandatory Furlough.
For years Morrisions supermarkets (previously Safeway) have allowed a "flexible" approach to the use of their store car park that adjoins Reigate High Street. While there has always been a 2 hour parking limit they have not enforced it hard.
From May 27th 2009 they have implemented a camera-based system that records numberplates and automatically tickets people who park for over 2 hours. Parking tickets are issued by post with a 40 to 70 pounds fine.
The key issue is that the parking limit is now enforced 24 hours per day 365 days per year.
We believe that this is unnecessarily restrictive. It will adversely affect local business in the evening (pubs, bars, restaurants, cinema), as well as penalising local residents. It is also in conflict with Morrison's own self- proclaimed social responsibility ethic of "being neighbourly"!
Keep an eye on morrisons-reigate-parking.co.uk for updates and the blog for full feedback on progress - http://morrisonsreigatecarpark.wordpress.com
Our streets usually have ample parking for the local residents. However, we are finding more and more frequently that people who do not live in this area choose to park their cars during the weekdays so they can have easy access to Gants Hill and Redbridge tube stations.
Although this is very convenient for those people, it creates a lack of parking for the residents. On the weekdays we find we are unable to find parking near our homes, and often have to park in neighbouring streets to walk back. If we decide to park momentarily on the yellow lines we risk being given a parking penalty.
This situation is unfair for the local people, and is causing some a lot of distress.
We want Redbridge Council to implement a Controlled Parking Zone so that only local residents can use the available parking bays during the weekdays.
Please sign this petition to support our application.
The City of Los Angeles tried to implement an OPD in Venice, CA. Residents appealed this decision to the Coastal Commission.
An OPD or Overnight Parking District is a special permit parking zone regulated by parking enforcement during the hours between 2AM and 6AM. Residents must pay to obtain a permit.
Anyone that needs to use a public street to park a vehicle between 2AM and 6AM is impacted by Overnight Parking Districts.
Low income individuals and families in Venice, CA would be unduly burdened.
The paediatric (children’s) hospital services will be transferring in stages over the next few years from St James Hospital in Leeds across to the Leeds General Infirmary which is based in central Leeds.
The city centre location will mean that parking will be extremely limited.
Parents/carers currently have good parking and access at the current hospital site, but so far no dedicated parking provision at the new site has been agreed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
One example of a service which will be affected by the move is young patients who have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a long term condition which affects primarily the lungs and digestive system making it hard to breathe and digest food.
This group of patients will typically visit the Regional CF Unit every 6-8 weeks for outpatient’s appointment and have frequent inpatient stays as often as every 3 months.
Therefore, parking accessibility and cost are extremely important to the parents /carers of these children who travel from across the region to access specialist care.
Ideally this would include concessionary parking, which is accessible and close by to the CF Unit to combat the expense of travel.
The Hospital Trust should also ensure that there is adequate parking provision and agree a fair level of designated spaces to be set aside for parents/carers.
In recent years, parking restrictions in Paddington and Darlinghurst have been reduced to a one hour limit, seriously impacting on the ability of guests to visit and enjoy the area.
No longer can guests visit multiple businesses in the area in a single trip.
This petition covers what the city of Corning, NY refers to as the "Odd Even Alternate" parking regulation. This regulation requires residents and visitors to park on different sides of the street during particular hours of the day, and it changes every day.
Signs detailing this regulation are not posted on streets where it is enforced. Residents and Visitors are expected to somehow know about this regulation before parking in our city or noticed the sign as you enter town detailing which side of the street, during what hours, on which days you can park.
This wordy sign is located under another sign along a four-lane highway coming into town. The petition calls for the ending of the "Odd Even Alternate" regulation.
Current laws in many cities and towns, as well as local homeowner association bylaws, forbid citizens from parking their operable and licensed vehicles in their own driveways.
The discrimination arises solely by the type of vehicle citizens find appealing but may not appeal to the arbitrary eye of the city or homeowner association. Residents and visitors must conceal these vehicles in the garage and in some cases park outside the community altogether.
Imagine, if you will, purchasing a brand new 2009 passenger car or truck, drive it home and park it in the driveway. Within days of your purchase you receive a notice that you are in violation of the communities parking restriction. Not because your vehicle is illegally parked nor that it is a commercial vehicle, because the model you chose is substandard in the opinion of those in authority.
The selective enforcement and ambiguity of these rules do nothing to promote the aesthetics of the community but only serve to discriminate against the individual’s expression as it regards his or her taste in automobiles. District and appellate court cases have ruled that subject laws are over-broad, unreasonable and unconstitutional when applied to passenger vehicles.
However, these bylaws and ordinances persist to flourish despite court rulings. It is time legislators get involved to put and end to this discriminatory practice.
I propose an amendment to all City and Homeowner Association related statutes, to include language that will give a resident the right to park a noncommercial passenger car or passenger truck in the driveway of their home regardless of the model they have chosen to own.
If the median between lots H and I gets taken out, a parking structure can be centered in the middle of the lot. There will be enough room for traffic to go in one side and out the other.
This central location will benefit Phases 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 as well as the new Residence Hall and people working coming to campus specifically for buildings BE, ECSN, CBW, HH, and CN.
At the end of August, the TTC hastily passed a motion to eliminate the
"free" metropass parking in favour of charging all riders to park at any of
the lots. However, upon doing the math, none of what the TTC says adds up.
Let's start with the 6.3 million dollars the TTC says it costs to operate
the lots and the 2.7 million dollars they actually generate from those who
pay to park in them. Without any other information, we’ll take these
figures at face value. This results in a 3.6 million dollar short fall that
the TTC must cover, which is what TTC chair Adam Giambrone wants to
First off, he stated in an interview, "It's not appropriate for the average
TTC rider to be subsidizing between 10 and 15 cents out of their fare for
parking lots." Let's take a moment and focus on his numbers: 10 to 15 cents
per fare to subsidize parking. Now let's do the math: in 2007 the TTC had
459,769,000 passenger trips (according to their website) and if 10 cents
were taken from every fare, the result would be nearly 46 million dollars!
In fact, if only 1 cent were taken from each fare, the result would be a
little over 4.5 million dollars, which more than covers the 3.6 million
dollar parking gap. Clearly TTC chair Giambrone did not check his facts and
figures on that one!
Second, let's think about that "free" parking concept. The majority of
riders who use metropass parking are ones who use the TTC on workdays only
(they park and then take the subway to work downtown). Now, if these riders
purchased tokens for their workday only trips, it would average out to a
cost of about $94 per month over the year (taking into account holidays,
vacation, etc), which is $15 less than a metropass. So those 10,000+
metropass holders who use parking are paying on average a $15 premium to
park in the TTC lots, which translates into about 1.8 million dollars.
Taking this into account, the parking cost gap is really only 1.8 million
dollars, which makes the numbers above even more incorrect.
In fact, it the TTC wanted to see the parking lots break even; they could
introduce a “premium” metropass that includes parking for only $125 per
month. That’s an increase of only $16 per month shouldered only by those
who use parking. Considering that, it is more than likely most people would
continue to use the TTC as they do now, so it’s more than possible for the
TTC to stop losing money on their parking lots while keeping almost all
their riders. This approach also would not have the negative aspects of Mr.
Giambrone’s, such as increased pollution and traffic congestion in Toronto
from those who would no longer be able to afford the TTC and would drive
into the core instead. Even if one took the arguably incorrect figures and
said parking costs the TTC 3.6 million dollars a year, a $139 premium
metropass would eliminate that. An extra $30 per month, or an extra $1.5
per day is not too unreasonable when all things are considered. So why was
this never considered?
Moreover, if the appropriate time were taken to fully examine the plan to
charge for all parking, they would surely have been able to come up with
more accurate numbers when it comes to how many riders will be lost, how
many will stop paying that $15 premium, etc. Those debates would have
brought to light that the best overall financial results of this plan would
be to break even, just like the proposal above (this takes into account many
estimates, such as what happens when many people who pay for parking go on
vacation, or a snow storm hits and they decide to stay home or take the
bus). One big problem with switching from a subscription based payment
system to a pay per use system is that each day is different and overall
revenue is subject to the whims of the users. In the end this move may
actually see the TTC lose money (remember, the cost of operating the TTC
parking lots must now include all the lost revenue this plan results in,
putting the operating costs of the parking lots over 10 million dollars
annually using the TTC's own figures).
Now getting back to Mr. Giambrone's comments about users not subsidizing
parking, the bottom line is that everybody subsidizes hundreds of services
they never use through their taxes. Just look at the TTC for an example.
People who take a bus or the subway just 2 or 3 stops are subsidizing the
cost of the people who travel for 10 or 20 sotps. The cost of a metropass
translates into just under 49 rides if paid by tokens. How many metropass
holders take more than 49 rides a month? How many hand their pass to a
friend or family member so that the pass itself is used for more than 49
rides in a month? How many rides over 49 per metropass are taken each
month? Each year? All those free rides get subsidized by all the other TTC
riders. Does that mean we should eliminate the metropass program? No, of
course not, just as this shouldn't mean the end to metropass parking.
Actually, if one follows the logic of Mr. Giambrone and those TTC
Commissioners who voted to pass this motion, all TTC riders should be
required to pay one fare to ride the bus and one to ride the subway. After
all, why should the people who only never ride the bus have their subway
fare go to support the bus system, or why should the people who never ride
the subway have their fares go towards supporting the subway system?
Perhaps that’s a snapshot of what’s to come with the TTC.