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Where’s the rationale behind parking ban

September 19, 2013

Dear Sir,

REF : Parking Chicanery on Front Street

Sadly, I must relate that I have joined the ranks of those motorists pinched by The Warden for parking outside Supermart between 4PM and 6PM. It was a fair cop, but why do the Corporation not want shoppers in Hamilton anymore?

I can see no rationale for this rush hour parking ban apart perhaps from some designer's apparent desire to prettify the roads by getting rid of the nasty smelly vehicles. OR is it indeed just an easy means of raising a few thousand dollars for a new cruise terminal. Actually I doubt that it's anything so competent.

We are told that the reason is to open up the traffic flow on Front Street during rush hour, and to ease congestion for vehicles from the Docks. This would make sense except that : a) the Corporation went and narrowed the road at the crossing, thereby creating a two lane chicane at the far end of the parking restriction. This is a feature which, incidentally, has a fairly active set of lights and brings traffic to a regular stop. Funnily enough the cars always seem to catch up again before Spurling Hill. Quite astounding.

b) The whole thing feeds into the East Broadway sludge which is not exactly a Grand Prix circuit at twenty past five on a Tuesday afternoon, And c) as for containers, the docks have all knocked off by Rush hour. Anyway the tractor trailers seem to manage OK as it is.

If the Corporation's wildest ambition were ever actually realised, and the parked cars disappeared, all they will have accomplished is to provide a handy nearside lane so that the bikes can scream down the inside of a line of cars at forty miles an hour. They will then have to try to squeeze back into traffic at the lights. Good game. Good Game.

Someone will fall off, and scrape their knee. Lips will tremble. There will be tears. Fingers will be pointed, and the next thing you know, a little man from the Corporation will have to put up cones every night to block off the near lane where we used to park. Far simpler just to let shoppers continue to leave their cars here as they have done for years, rather than making us career criminals while we pop in for a couple of pork chops and carton of milk.

Yours from Cell Block 3,

Prisoner X

PS... and another thing. About that Court Street junction layout with the weird lights, and the set back crossing that you can't see out of....

OK. I know. 300 words.......

A cyclist rides past double yellow lines that have replaced what used to be parking bays outside of the new entrance to the Cargo Docks on Front Street. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published September 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm)

Where’s the rationale behind parking ban

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