It's time to address the parking crisis in our neighbourhood.
The Bottom Line: Few changes affect citizens more directly than those that touch the streets in front and surrounding their residences and businesses. I will ensure adherence to City bylaws that require consultation and direct participation on any changes to parking rules. I’ll work to allow owners the ability to install green front pad parking and ensure that we maintain parking near our commercial arteries.
Read on for my detailed position, sign the Parking Petition if you agree. If you are passionate about this issue, get involved! Volunteer on the campaign, Host a Lawn Sign on your property, and help us to spread our message to every corner of Beaches - East York by Making a Donation.
In a perfect world, very few people would need a car to navigate our city efficiently. We would have a well-integrated network of public transit, cycle infrastructure, and ride-sharing that would allow everyone, no matter what neighbourhood they lived in, to get where they need to go.
Even with a transformative investment in transit and a long-term plan backed by Council, however, this laudable vision is years away. In the meantime, for a lot Torontonians - especially those living in neighbourhoods that are underserved by transit infrastructure – cars remain a part of their daily reality.
Our streets are some of our most important shared spaces. When parked cars have nowhere else to go but on main thoroughfares and side roads, they give rise to a handful of problems. They create congestion and idling by competing with transit for space, they take up lanes that could be used as cycle infrastructure, and they present a safety concern on the side streets where our children play.
We need to take pragmatic steps that prioritize safety and facilitate long term transit objectives while acknowledging that cars aren’t simply going to disappear tomorrow.
Council needs to take the following action to address the parking crisis in our neighbourhood:
- Stop talking about consultation and start doing it. Few changes affect citizens more directly than those that touch the streets in front and surrounding their residences and businesses. This is why a process that ensures engagement, participation, buy-in, and follow-up post-implementation is the only way to ensure success. When citizens feel that changes are imposed on them, that they weren’t heard or included in the process, there’s usually some truth in it and at the very least they deserve a hearing. If they’re right, the change should be undone.
- Allow owners to install green front-pad parking. When we reduce the number of parked cars on residential streets we reduce congestion, improve visibility and safety, allow for more and better transit, and create space for the installation of cycle infrastructure. Concerns about flooding are valid – only green (permeable paving options) that allow for proper drainage should be allowed.
- Maintain parking near our commercial strips. As we move parking off our streets, we need to ensure that commercial areas have adequate parking nearby. We need to work with developers, local neighbourhood associations, and the parking authority to keep a steady supply of parking near our commercial corridors even as we make investments in transit infrastructure to service those areas.
It’s time to address the parking crisis in our neighbourhood.