Lower West Side Parking Regulations Need to be Changed Back

Lower West Side Parking Regulations Need to be Changed Back

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Kristen S started this petition to Saint John City Council

If you live on one of these streets - this petition is for you!

Streets include: Charlotte Street West, Guilford Street, King Street West, Queen Street West, Saint George Street, Saint James Street West, Suffolk Street, Tower Street, and Winslow Street.

On-street parking is a necessity to many lower west siders who do not have driveways. The new parking regulations make city living inconvenient and unsafe for many of us who rely on street parking.

I've created this petition in hopes that we can revert to the previous parking regulations here on the lower west side of ward 3 that were more resident-friendly and also ensured better snow removal. 

 

Here is the letter that I wrote to the Saint John City Council. Sign this petition if you agree with me and I will send my letter in! 

March 1st, 2020 


Office of the Common Clerk

City Hall Building

PO Box 1971

Saint John, NB E2L 4L1 


On-Street Parking Regulations On the Lower West Side of ward 3

Streets include Charlotte Street West, Guilford Street, King Street West, Queen Street West, Saint George Street, Saint James Street West, Suffolk Street, Tower Street, and Winslow Street.


New and current regulations:

From 00:01 of 1st day of month to 18:00 of 15th day of month - park on the odd numbered side of street

Then, the same thing from the 15th to the last day of month - park on the even numbered side of street. 

All year round 


Previous regulations:

On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from midnight to 07:00 - park on the odd numbered side of the street

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, from midnight to 07:00 - park on the even numbered side of the street

From November 15th to April 15th 

 

I am writing to ask you to change the on-street parking regulations on the lower west side of ward 3. Below you will find issues with the current regulations, and possible solutions. 


On-street parking is a necessity to many lower west siders who do not have driveways. The new parking regulations make city living inconvenient and unsafe for many of us who rely on street parking. We have to deal with these regulations every single day, so please understand the severity of these regulations. People should not have to choose between city living and car ownership. If the city does not want to make parking on its streets possible, then I believe people will get fed up and move out of the city. That is exactly what Saint John does not need. In addition, difficult parking situations certainly will not attract new residents. 


The first issue I have with these new regulations is the snow removal. Residents must park on the same side of the street for 15 consecutive days. Throughout these 15 days, any snowfall does not get properly plowed on this side of the street. This results in huge ice blocks taking up already scarce parking spots, and potentially harming vehicles who may attempt to drive over these ice blocks in an attempt to legally park. One might suggest that if every person shoveled around their vehicle that this would not be an issue. I can not think of a fathomable way to ensure that every single on street parker does so. This is unfair to the residents who do shovel around their vehicle only to return to their shoveled spot taken by another person. Not only that, after some time (say- a work day), in the cold temperatures the snow is not possible to shovel any longer and requires heavy equipment to move. With the previous parking regulations, there was always plenty of opportunity to get both sides of the street thoroughly plowed, ensuring more available parking spots and also ensuring a wider street which is great for allowing big vehicles to pass through like fire trucks and ambulances. 


The second issue I have is, with the snow removal issue in mind, these new regulations may result in even more overnight parking bans in order to get at the un-plowed side of the street. Overnight parking bans are an inconvenience for everyone involved, especially on the lower west side where we do not have parking lots dedicated to giving us a place to park. Overnight parking bans could have been virtually completely avoided with the ample opportunity our previous parking regulations gave us to get at both sides of the street. 


The third issue I find with these new regulations is the unfairness they show towards lawful residents. According to a ward representative, the regulations were changed because of numerous complaints about tickets. Giving in to such behaviour is not a good call and is in fact unfair to the residents who had no issue moving their vehicle daily (which is a law in itself that any vehicle parked on-street for longer than 24hrs is considered abandoned.). The new regulations give ample opportunity for unlawful residents to take up parking spots for 2 weeks at a time when our parking is already scarce as it is. We did not have to change the parking regulations on the lower west side, we had to enforce the efficient, resident-friendly regulations we already had. One might call this new change “Fixing something that isn’t broken.”. 


The fourth and final issue I see with these new parking regulations is the fact that they now take place 24hrs/day, all year round. If these regulations really were changed because of complaints about tickets, how is more than doubling the actual time our parking is being regulated going to help in any way? I see no reason why we need to have our parking regulated in the warmer months when the streets are even busier than usual. Some planning and communication could ensure efficient street sweeping and construction when needed. Do not regulate our parking all year round as it is completely unnecessary. 


I can understand how 15 consecutive days could be less confusing for some residents, however, it is clear now that these new regulations are not resident-friendly and do not allow for proper snow removal. 


The lower west side is a very unique, strictly residential area, and I believe it should be treated as such. In order to keep our residents happy with city living, we should not be afraid of different parking regulations across ward 3, even if it means better planning and communication. Please listen to the people who matter - the people who live in this neighbourhood and call it home. 


Please consider my possible solutions below. 


Possible Solutions (in order of most wanted)


Solution 1:

Revert to the previous parking regulations. 

On-street parking regulated from midnight-7:00 AM, rotating on a daily basis (with the exception being Friday/Saturday), only in the winter months (November 15th - April 15th).


Solution 2:

Revert to the previous parking regulations but have them be all day long, with changeover time from 6:00 PM-midnight. 

On-street parking regulated from midnight to 6:00 PM, rotating on a daily basis (with the exception of Friday/Saturday), only in the winter months (November 15th - April 15th).

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