Gotta hand it to those GUARDIAN readers. When it comes to saving fuel, they offer creative solutions.
“Bikeboy Steve” authored a guest posting, GAS ATTACK and prompted a huge number of comments. Among them was discussion of protesting Boise City’s parking policy for scooters and motorcycles.
From that posting, scooter owner and rider Hillary Haymond decided to send a letter to the mayor and council. Here is her idea which we think is worthy of support:
Dear Mayor and Councilors,
Recently you have made some news regarding parking. There has also been a lot of attention devoted to the rising price of gas and the concern of “dependancy on foreign oil.”
As one of the many motor scooter owner-operators in Boise, I would like to offer you a chance to take some immediate positive action which could ease the parking crunch downtown as well as encourage fuel savings. With the summer season upon us, I urge you to take immediate action as the number and use of scooters rise with the cost of gas.
Current city policy toward parking of motorcycles and scooters does nothing to encourage the use of these fuel efficient modes of transportation –many of which get nearly 100 mpg. There seems to be a policy AGAINST sharing parking spaces with other scooters. If friends ride together, they cannot share a parking space.
I have also had the experience of gas guzzling SUVs backing over scooters or motorcycles if we park behind them.
Please consider this a formal request to designate the “lead space” on each block downtown as free scooter and cycle parking with stripes for up to 5 spaces. That way, gas guzzlers won’t back into our two wheelers and you would encourage fuel efficient riders to come downtown. Similar concessions at parking garages would also serve the community well. This will help the parking needs of everyone – both two and four wheeled gas powered vehicles.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message and insure it goes to all of the council.
Thank you for your time,
The GUARDIAN checked with the city parking office and they confirmed Haymond’s concerns. They allow only one “motorized vehicle” per space and it must be parked in the center of the space. If more than one is parked in a space, ALL are issued tickets for “parking in a non designated space.”
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