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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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You want to drive to work? Then be prepared to walk.

Where my wife is employed there are a large number of people who start work at 6am. This means that getting to work by bus is impossible since transit doesn't run before 6am. Your only other options are; walk, run, bike, car, and helicopter Since the building where she works is a near a residential area this wasn't really a problem - until recently. Many of the avenues running north and south in front of homes within a block or 2 were marked with 2 hour parking signs. So if you didn't have a parking spot in the parking lot or parkade at work (long waiting list for those who don't have a spot) you could at least park a block away on one of the streets that run east and west. This shouldn't have been a problem since the homes in this area have back alley access so it would be unlikely to block anyone's driveway by parking on the streets for the day. Well, somebody found it to be a problem and now more streets and avenues are marked with the 2 hour parking signs to the point where you have to walk several blocks to get to work (or park closer and move your vehicle every 2 hours). Safety is a concern for some who can't avoid driving to work.

My wife was in this position of having to walk about 5 blocks to work every morning (except in the summer when she bikes). She and another lady decided to carpool for security in numbers. Meanwhile she contacted the city councillor and asked what he thought about it (she knew in advance that he helped get the 2 hour parking implemented since he lives in the area). He said that people's driveways were being blocked and curbs were being wrecked. What? Barely a driveway exists on the streets were people parked and curbs can still be wrecked because that can happen within in seconds not over the course of 8 hours - She asked him how'd he feel if his wife was in the same position of having to walk at that time of day over that distance to get to work everyday - he had nothing to say. And that's my rant for today.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 01:53 PM   #2
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Halifax's overnight winter parking ban

Count your blessings this could be your reality instead


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Halifax's overnight winter parking ban will begin this year on Dec. 15, the city announced Friday.
Read more: CBC News - Nova Scotia - Halifax winter parking ban starts Dec. 15

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HALIFAX - If you happened to be one of the many unlucky car owners who left their cars parked on your neighbourhood street on the night of December 14th, you would have woken up to a $50 ticket on your windshield. With nary a snow flake on the ground or in the forecast, welcome to*HRM's Winter Parking Ban [PDF] (not to go off on a tangent, but this is a document that equates pedestrian traffic with congestion... uh what?).
Merry Christmas! The Grinch came by early.

The ban imposed by the Halifax Regional Municipality's Traffic Authority prohibits parking between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. in all weather conditions over the winter. The Traffic Authority is legislated through the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act and decisions are*not open to appeal.
Metro reported that 200 tickets were given out on the first night, amounting to a*$10,000 influx in the coffers, while municipal spokesperson Shaune MacKinlay said it was up to*386 tickets given out. Last year, 17,468 tickets were doled out during the period of the ban, and at $25 each *the fine increased to $50 this year the total*amounted to*$436,700 in city coffers.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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Ours started on Dec.1st and shall go until the end of April ............ in that our last snow usually falls by the May 24th weekend.

Rant away, MM. Justified, in my opinion.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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Take it to a city council and refute the councilor's claims of driveway and curb damage before they get a chance to use the excuse.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 05:52 PM   #5
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MM, understand your rant. Wish you luck because you need it dealing with city politics. It's gone absolutely insane in Toronto these last few years. It's nothing but another tax and money grab on car owners. We've finally got a mayor who understands the BS that has been going on and hopefully some of the idiocy will cease soon here. Good luck to you!!
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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Perhaps you have never lived in a neighborhood within a few blocks of an office cluster or a sports facility, and never had the joy of being unable to park on your own block, or have visitors, delivery and service vehicles park, or of people revving motors and slamming their car doors at 6 in the AM, or parking across your driveway, or boxing in tight on the driveway with a car across the street so its impossible to swing out.

City streets don't exist to provide free day parking to workers.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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Rather than spend energy protesting the parking ban, lobby for better public transit. Just my $0.02


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Old Dec 4th, 2010, 08:40 AM   #8
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Perhaps you have never lived in a neighborhood within a few blocks of an office cluster or a sports facility, and never had the joy of being unable to park on your own block, or have visitors, delivery and service vehicles park, or of people revving motors and slamming their car doors at 6 in the AM, or parking across your driveway, or boxing in tight on the driveway with a car across the street so its impossible to swing out.

City streets don't exist to provide free day parking to workers.
No, I haven't had that experience.

But if I did purchase a house in such an area maybe I shouldn't be too surprised to have that experience?

I live in a house where planes routinely fly overhead to the airport. Sometimes jets pass over and drown out your conversation with a neighbour. Maybe the airport needs to rethink this.

Once again, most of these homes are of the era where garages and parking exist in the back of the lot via the alley way. Some people likely park in front of their homes when they can (streets are pretty bare by 5:30pm when a majority of workers go home) but if they've lived in the area for any length of time they shouldn't be surprised or annoyed if they can't. The building my wife works in has existed and operated for at least 60 years. Buyer beware.
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Old Dec 4th, 2010, 09:28 AM   #9
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I agree that better public transit would help, i'm in the situation of having a quick route from where i live, to work but the busses don't run early enough for me. I know many who would take the bus if not for working the early/late/weekend shift while the busses are not running. More people on the bus means fewer cars on the road and fewer parking spots needed.
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Old Dec 4th, 2010, 09:46 AM   #10
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I've been on both sides of this. Had a job that started at 6 in the morning and no bus service. However, I didn't own a car at the time so I walked. After I'd worked there for a while I met someone who had a car and I would get a ride with them.

I've also lived in neighbourhoods that bordered places with limited parking, and had to put up with exactly what CanadaRAM described. People can be totally inconsiderate of others.

Sometimes the choice to live in a neighbourhood is due to the easy access to the facilities without having to drive. It's a way of saving money, and (if you're into that sort of thing) lessening your footprint on the planet.

Personally, I think it's up to the company employing people in the area to ensure that adequate means of getting to work exist - either enough parking in the facility for the workers, or some form of shuttle service from a central transport centre.

Maybe you should move into the neighbourhood so your wife can walk to work. Walk a mile in the other person's moccasins. Pay the taxes for the privilege.

In the interim: lobby for better public transport or organize ride sharing programs.
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