Parking policy is broken claims the transportation alternative advocates!
I am an advocate for the NYC driving public and parking policy that allocates sufficient curb space to motor vehicles. A 100%, true-blue, died in the polyester, parking ticket fighter. In today’s urban landscape, there are many transportation alternative true believers advocating for the elimination of motor vehicle traffic in our fair city. A frequent target of these parking space terminators is “street parking.”
Here are just some of the complaints:
- Parking is too cheap
- There is too much space devoted to parking
- It is the lowest possible use for urban space
- Free/cheap parking promotes overuse of a motor vehicle
- Free/cheap parking escalates congestion
- Free/cheap parking is a secret subsidy for cars
- Bad for the environment
Fanciful view of the numbers
Our on-street parking terminators offer an interesting formula for computing the cost of each parking space in NYC. The result-$15,000 per parking space.
This must be the gross cost per space because there is no mention of the revenue generated by parking tickets of approximately $600M per year.
These parking space Che Guevara’s recommend the creation of huge bicycle racks in lieu of parking for motor vehicles, or the insertion of some nice green Astroturf for all of us to bring our beach chairs, and share a joyous moment with our fellow city dwellers a few feet away from our favorite roadway.
Here is a very well produced, biased, video promoting Che’s message. Do you agree with any of their complaints or proposals? Please share your opinion. Your opinion matters!
My bias is in favor of motor vehicles. I am an advocate for the driving public in NYC. But, with that said, I recognize the importance of caring for our environment. And, developing alternative means of transportation.
Walking, bike riding and public transportation are good things. Except when they are favored by parking policy to the exclusion of motor vehicles. I’m not going to ride my bike to NYC from NJ and the bus or train schedules don’t always align themselves with my schedule.
I love my car and will continue to use it when it is most convenient for me.
How about you?
What accommodations are you willing to make for a cleaner environment?