Monday, April 20, 2009

Signs of Civilized Cities, Part I

Population, Auckland NZ: 1.3 million
Scooter parking spaces in Auckland NZ: 266

Population, Smallish City: 235,000
Scooter parking spaces in Smallish City: 0

Scooter parking spaces Smallish City would need in order to match Auckland, pro-rated for population: 46

3 Comments:

Blogger C Neal said...

So if we get 31 moped parking spots, does that make us 75% as civilized as Auckland?

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/mopedmotorcycleparkingback-up.pdf

4/21/09, 6:40 AM  
Blogger brushfiremedia said...

10 hour unmetered limit? No more whining from the scooter crowd!

4/21/09, 9:22 AM  
Blogger Turboglacier said...

CNeal-

1) "So if we get 31 moped parking spots, does that make us 75% as civilized as Auckland?" It would be a good start. Of course, we still won't have national healthcare, so that impacts our civilized status somewhat.

Also, in Auckland, scooters (besides having their own designated spaces) can also park, free, in any city garage, space available. In our city, scooters and motorcycles are actually BANNED from the garages, even if they're willing to pay. I have photos of currently-unused "waste space" in the downtown garages that could easily accomodate dozens of scooters, in nice dry conditions, without giving up any car parking. But I realize this idea is so radical that it's not even worth asking for.

2) How did you GET that document?? I have been trying for months to get information about the proposed location, numbers, and estimated arrival date of scooter parking spaces from our city officials. All I've been able to get are vague comments that "it's been proposed". These things seem to be shrouded in secrecy. Was there ever, or will there ever be, any opportunity for public commentary / involvement?


3) "We are proposing to utilize 18'... to create 2 Moped/Motorcycle spaces." Wha?? 9 feet to park a moped? That's absurd. 4-4.5' is the typical suggested width for motorcycle parking spaces. My Vespa is a "large" scooter-- it's 1.6ft wide. A Harley is about 2.5ft wide, at the handlebars. You could easily park three scooters, or two motorcycles, angled in, in 9ft of curb space. I am having trouble understanding how these plans were drawn up...

4/21/09, 10:25 AM  

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