In a move that is sure to win the praises of bicyclists, but not downtown businesses, Boise officials are continuing their policy of “getting people out of their cars.” This time it’s a parking meter fee hike.
The DAILY PAPER parrots Boise City’s term of “demand-based metered parking” which is another way of saying downtown metered parking rates will likely go up by 50%. Some outlying metered spots may decrease.
According to the latest Parking Czar, the city makes two-thirds of its parking revenue off of tickets. The latest plan is to make more off the meters–of course without reducing parking fines. First it was the “hockey pucks” that erase time paid on meters whenever a car leaves a stall, now they plan to put the additional cash into transportation programs including shuttles and bike facilities at the expense of motorists.
Imagine the outcry if they suddenly licensed bikes and put the revenues into making it easier for cars to visit downtown!
Nationwide, planners are working to reduce auto travel–often by reducing road capacity for cars in favor of bicycles. Part of the bigger picture is TAP which is Boise’s dream for more bikes and fewer cars in the city. As more and more businesses–and shoppers–head for the center of the universe at Fairview and Eagle Road that dream may come true.
If there is anyplace that so-called green bikes, shuttles, frequent bus routes, and even a trolley would work well it is within a mile or two of Eagle and Fairview.
Boise leaders have their own idea of “what people need” which is often contrary to the Ada County Highway District’s policy of, “What do people want.” Boise Mayor Dave Bieter recently went so far as asking ACHD in a MayorBieterACHD Letter re Survey 10-28-15 to curtail a survey of citizens because they felt results would conflict with the city’s plans for use of streets (carefully referred to as everything but “streets”).
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