Scooter user Hillary Haymond–”HH” to GUARDIAN readers–got 15 minutes of fame Wednesday and secured a neat little parking perk for two wheel drivers…free parking at two downtown Boise locations.
Like the activist she is, Hillary deftly handled on camera interviews and schmoozed with the mayor and council president.
Hillary wrote to Mayor Dave Bieter and City Councilors asking them to amend the parking code which limited parking to just a single scooter in downtown parking spots. She thought it was dumb to not share space with other scooters and actually free up parking for the gas guzzlers.
Team Dave and the Councilors jumped aboard the scooter plan and within 60 days they had signs in place–encouraged no doubt by the e-mails and calls from GUARDIAN readers and other scooter and motorcycle riders who used the blog to share their ideas and game plan.
At the Wednesday photo op, Bieter was taken for a ride by a scooter babe wearing a pink helmet. In most situations it is the politician taking the citizen for a ride. Turn about is indeed fair play.
Part of the balancing act for the council is making the on-street parking a “pilot program.” If it works they can make it permanent or kill it if there are major problems. Locations at Main near 5th and on Bannock near 8th Street have been designated as “Two Wheel Parking.”
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