Interesting story from Bill Metcalfe in the Nelson Daily on the addition of up to 35 parking spaces downtown.
Most downtown businesses probably welcome more parking, and if you go downtown to shop, eat, or do business, there is a good chance you drive. And if you are a visitor to Nelson, you almost assuredly came in a car. So it’s hard to argue that creating more parking downtown is a terrible idea in the near future.
So for me, if we’ve figured out a way to carve 35 more parking spaces out of existing street space, good. And since it can be accomplished without building another parking lot, even better. BUT here’s something to consider.
What if we took some of those parking spots and created more public space? Many cities are building “parklets” in parking spaces, which are basically like the amenity areas we have on Baker Street now. Or what if we used even just one of those spaces to create parking for a ten bikes? Or if we even changed the way we designed traffic flow to reflect how drivers actually use streets so that we can make more space for pedestrians?
I would say if we could do this, we would be striking a better balance between driver and pedestrian needs.