So at the last Coffee for the Candidates I had the opportunity to speak to a retired gentleman about parking. We had a great time working together on solutions to deal with what is currently not working in the downtown core, for him, and for many others. Some solutions that came through our lively discussion were:
- Parking signs, the kind that direct you to designated pay and public parking areas
- Testing out parking strategies before they are implemented. Here is an example strategy and process for feedback. First, all downtown businesses receive parking passes to one of the designated parking areas. For the trial these spots are free to the
businesses. Second, two additional 15 min spots are identified so there are a total of three on each street. Third, one seniors/family spot is added that allows ½ hour parking because sometimes people need a little more time to support their needs. Fourth, a short feedback form is available at participating businesses – these should be mandatory for all businesses concerned about
parking but every one has the right to choose their level of participation. The “test” parking signs are temporary and include an invitation to people using them to check in with participating merchants to fill out feedback. Then we know if they work and if
not what needs to be improved upon before spending money and implementing something that later proves not to support businesses or their customers.