Comment 95601

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 06, 2013 at 12:13:46 in reply to Comment 95594

I imagine that the Durand Neighbourhood Association will seriously consider asking Council to lift the moratorium. I really can't see any good justification for a five-year timeline on a pilot project, accompanied by a moratorium on something as simple and widespread (in Canada and internationally) as a 30km/h speed limit in a residential urban area.

The "right" to park on public streets does get people riled up, but that doesn't mean that it must be a universal rule that street parking can never be decreased and that the City must allow residents and visitors to store their private vehicles (often for free) on public land wherever and whenever they want.

I was very disappointed back in 2002 to learn that the only ironclad rule in the Durand Traffic Study was that no change could be considered that reduced street parking, even locally in one block. This really limited the number of solutions to make streets safer and more convenient for all residents and made it very difficult to experiment or make large or even small changes.

I could see a guideline like "street parking overall in Durand should not decrease by more than 5%" or even "the total number of parking spots in Durand should not decrease", but to say that no spot could be removed anywhere was just over the top.

Street parking is important for many residents, but it can't trump every other concern.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2013-12-06 12:14:44

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