Make our 2 streets safe again! Bring back both-side Parking on Briarcroft & Yule

Make our 2 streets safe again! Bring back both-side Parking on Briarcroft & Yule

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Heather Chiavegato started this petition to Councillor Gord Perks (City Councillor, Parkdale- High Park) and

On May 3/21, the 16 families of Briarcroft Road, Toronto and 13 families of Yule Avenue (one block apart) learned that they will no longer be permitted to park on both sides of their dead-end streeta.   For these 29 families, there will now be only 14 parking spots available for 58 vehicles (driveways are mutual and therefore not usable for parking).   Please reinstate their both-side permit parking because

  1.  IMPROVE SAFETY- There have been no safety issues due to the street width in 20 years + of both-side parking.    Without cars lining both sides of the streets, traffic has SPED UP, especially since the streets slope downwards and so their dead ends are not visible (unfamiliar drivers ofter assume the streets have access to Willard Gardens to the west).   Having cars parked on both sides of the streets acts as a buffer between moving cars and pedestrians on the sidewalk.  Having Briarcroft & Yule Residents park on Windermere Avenue will lead to children and adults to crossing dangerous Windermere Avenue where there is no stop sign.   Older residents and those with small children will have to park further away and negiotiate more icy sidewalks.    Please choose people over traffic!   
  2. WIDTH- The decision to move to one-sided parking was based on an erroneous width measurement.    Also, the minimum width threshold should be adjusted based on traffic flow.   Short dead end streets like Briarcroft and Yule can be narroweer than other busier streets.
  3.  NO PROCESS-  Residents were asked to pay for permit parking, which they all did, and THEN told they would not all be allowed to park on Briarcroft Road/ Yule Avenue.  There was zero warning that there would be a change and zero opportunity to provide feedback.   
  4. PRECEDENT-  These streets are almost 100 years old, and some  long-term residents have lived on them for over 30 years.  In that time, a precedent has been set that they can safely park on both sides of the street.  Codes and rules change over the years, but municipalities typically take into account precedents when making a change such as this.

  5. CROWDING- Residents who currently permit park on Windermere Avenue, Deforest Road, Rambert Crescent, Mayfield Avenue and Lavinia Avenue may find it more difficult to park on their streets if Briarcroft and Yule residents begin to use some of their spaces.
  6.  NO ALTERNATIVES-  Swansea residents are now denied front pad-parking permits (to help keep the city greener) and most families need 2 cars to go to work to pay their not insignificant city property taxes.   What is the city plan for parking their vehicles?
  7. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT-  Where will residents plug in electric cars?   Many were considering moving to an electric vehicle to lessen the environmental footprint, but now there is nowhere to charge them.
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