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Parking in Waterloo Region
(03-29-2017, 06:06 PM)embe Wrote:
(03-29-2017, 04:26 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: I definitely feel that pressure though. If I go to visit someone in a car, and their driveway and in front of their yard is full, I feel awkward parking in front of someone else's house. I shouldn't, but I do.

It only bugs me if they park there when I'm obviously halfway done mowing the lawn and still need to do the boulevard, or the girl that would routinely park there to eat her lunch in the car, chainsmoke some cigs and (apparently) dump out the ashtray when it got full.  Haven't seen her park there in a while and coincidentally haven't seen any cigarette butts since.

Garden hose - I've been so tempted sometimes.......
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(03-29-2017, 04:50 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(03-29-2017, 04:26 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: I definitely feel that pressure though. If I go to visit someone in a car, and their driveway and in front of their yard is full, I feel awkward parking in front of someone else's house. I shouldn't, but I do.

Really?  I've never felt that way.  Maybe it depends on where you grew up/have lived.

Me neither.  As long as I don't block a driveway, I don't feel like I'm infringing on anyone's private territory.
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http://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Coun...17#page=38

"Regional staff recently installed signs restricting parking along Benton Street (Regional Road 6) between Courtland Avenue (Regional Road 53) and St. George Street which have caused concerns for nearby area residents. In light of these concerns raised, Regional staff have informed area municipal enforcement staff to refrain from issuing tickets and have “bagged” the recently installed signs until further notice. Regional staff plans to undertake a detailed review of parking along Benton Street and will provide a recommendation to Regional Council in the Summer or Fall of 2017."
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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I know we discussed it recently, but why parking should be prohibited on the "east" side of Benton between Courtland and St George remains a mystery to me. The outer lane on that side of the street is not needed for traffic, so I just can't see the problem.
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(04-22-2017, 08:19 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: http://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Coun...17#page=38

"Regional staff recently installed signs restricting parking along Benton Street (Regional Road 6) between Courtland Avenue (Regional Road 53) and St. George Street which have caused concerns for nearby area residents. In light of these concerns raised, Regional staff have informed area municipal enforcement staff to refrain from issuing tickets and have “bagged” the recently installed signs until further notice. Regional staff plans to undertake a detailed review of parking along Benton Street and will provide a recommendation to Regional Council in the Summer or Fall of 2017."

They sent mail to (all, I presume) residents of the area informing people of the April 25th meeting and offering the option to attend as a delegation.
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The road is vastly overbuilt, like many in the city.

I would love to see bike lanes.

I fear such a suggestion would not go over well with certain residents.
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It was built with the original plan of extending Benton out past Schneider Creek, which never happened.

Current traffic levels could be handled with two lanes, leaving room for both visitor parking and a dedicated bike lane.
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(04-22-2017, 06:34 PM)tomh009 Wrote: It was built with the original plan of extending Benton out past Schneider Creek, which never happened.

Current traffic levels could be handled with two lanes, leaving room for both visitor parking and a dedicated bike lane.

Yes and no.  Parking on one side + bike lane + two travel lanes would be perfectly sufficient for all needs.

But sacrificing parking, even unused parking, for a bike lane....

Well, it's a cynical day for me today.
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(04-22-2017, 01:38 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 08:19 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: http://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Coun...17#page=38

"Regional staff recently installed signs restricting parking along Benton Street (Regional Road 6) between Courtland Avenue (Regional Road 53) and St. George Street which have caused concerns for nearby area residents. In light of these concerns raised, Regional staff have informed area municipal enforcement staff to refrain from issuing tickets and have “bagged” the recently installed signs until further notice. Regional staff plans to undertake a detailed review of parking along Benton Street and will provide a recommendation to Regional Council in the Summer or Fall of 2017."

They sent mail to (all, I presume) residents of the area informing people of the April 25th meeting and offering the option to attend as a delegation.

Does "Arrow Lofts" have an official/collective view on Benton St parking?  I should think that would pretty much settle things for the city, at least wrt Benton.   The only "problem" I've ever seen is with Downtown workers who occasionally try to park there all day.  The City, however, always seemed pretty vigilant about ticketting.
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(04-22-2017, 06:47 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 06:34 PM)tomh009 Wrote: It was built with the original plan of extending Benton out past Schneider Creek, which never happened.

Current traffic levels could be handled with two lanes, leaving room for both visitor parking and a dedicated bike lane.

Yes and no.  Parking on one side + bike lane + two travel lanes would be perfectly sufficient for all needs.

But sacrificing parking, even unused parking, for a bike lane....

Well, it's a cynical day for me today.

Sorry, I don't quite understand.  Are you suggesting that they should keep three lanes of traffic and replace the parking with a bike lane?  And that this option would be unpopular and/or rejected?
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(04-23-2017, 07:31 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 01:38 PM)tomh009 Wrote: They sent mail to (all, I presume) residents of the area informing people of the April 25th meeting and offering the option to attend as a delegation.

Does "Arrow Lofts" have an official/collective view on Benton St parking?  I should think that would pretty much settle things for the city, at least wrt Benton.   The only "problem" I've ever seen is with Downtown workers who occasionally try to park there all day.  The City, however, always seemed pretty vigilant about ticketting.

I don't think there is any "official" view. Smile  But many people in the building have been quite concerned about the parking enforcement.

It is somewhat similar to the situation in the suburbs where people want to keep parking available in the front of their houses.  But on the other hand, it's close to 150 units in the building (and soon probably about 300 total, with the second building) and maybe about 100m of parking space, for maximum of 20 cars. 

The reality is that with intensification we have many more people living in the same amount street frontage, and there is frequently little dedicated visitor parking available within any given building.  In the case of Benton St there isn't really much justification for enforcing the parking ban as the traffic volumes clearly do not require two lanes in each direction.  Now, if the street were redeveloped in the future in a different configuration, the discussion might be very different.
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(04-23-2017, 11:27 AM)tomh009 Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 06:47 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: Yes and no.  Parking on one side + bike lane + two travel lanes would be perfectly sufficient for all needs.

But sacrificing parking, even unused parking, for a bike lane....

Well, it's a cynical day for me today.

Sorry, I don't quite understand.  Are you suggesting that they should keep three lanes of traffic and replace the parking with a bike lane?  And that this option would be unpopular and/or rejected?

Yes, that is what I am saying.  Mainly I am saying this due to frustration it the complete freak-out that usually follows the suggestion of putting bike lanes in place of one of two parking lanes on a street which never sees 50% utilization.

The same can generally be seen on any road diet though.

I'm just sick and tired of the "right" choice being overruled by fear of change.
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(04-23-2017, 08:23 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: I'm just sick and tired of the "right" choice being overruled by fear of change.

But this fear applies to just about any development that we might discuss on this site, not just road diets.  Momentum is very powerful ...
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Waterloo is looking into the idea of building a new parking garage in Uptown.


http://m.therecord.com/news-story/725982...ark-uptown
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