amaferanga wrote:pwa wrote:amaferanga wrote:
The cheap/expensive parking issue is easily resolved - abolish free parking.
I can see why you say that, but it was considered at a town close to where i live and it had to be abandoned due to the uproar. One problem was that in small towns there is lots of potential street parking a short walk from the shops, so charging in the centre could put the town centre parking on nearby residential streets making life a misery for people who live there. My Mum lives on a street like that.
I should have been clearer. All car parking in towns and cities should either be resident only (with a modest annual fee) or pay and display (with exemptions or reduced rates for folk with reduced mobility).
Out of town shopping centres should also be required to charge for car parking.
Residents don't own the road outside their house. Why should they not pay for parking on it? Better still, why not forbid parking of private vehicles altogether on public roads?
If I buy or rent a house with it's own parking space off-road then that's a cost. It's also a cost when I pay my (considerable) taxes, rates et al, a portion of which is for public roads. I don't - particularly as a cyclist - want the public roads littered with cars that reduce the road width and make it more dangerous for cycling, especially when a parked numpty decides to fling his door open into my bike. When in most towns, one has the choice of riding in the door zone or riding at a car coming the other way!
Someone will now tell us that the poor folk in terraced house and such, with no garden to ruin by turning it into a parking space, will be forced into "transport poverty" by a no-parking-on-public-roads policy. Cuh!
PS No, I've never personally lived anywhere where I "had to" park a car on the road outside. No private car-space? No car.