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  • in reply to: Public Meeting: High Street Parking Meters #508006

    Pasquar
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    Walker said:
    The whole transportation system through Downtown needs a comprehensive redesign. Which I guess is exactly what the Downtown Action Plan is supposed to be.

    I totally agree, but it seems (at least at this point) that the changes are designed to be around parking instead of the redesign including parking at some level. I was there at the meeting and is seemed that the only reason that the two bus stops were to be consolidated were to mitigate delays that the parking would cause, not to improve COTA service for any other reason. The transit system does need improvement, but this should not be ancored on parking.

    As for the idea of moving main lines to 3rd and 4th, that would involve a much bigger redesign and sounds similar to the idea that was shut down earlier (to reroute some lines to Front street) because it was acting toward getting the working class out of the view of downtown. This in favor of on street parking seems a bit classist.

    in reply to: Parking Meters on High Street Downtown #466607

    Pasquar
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    Neutzy said:
    Please make sure to share your ideas at the public meeting this Thursday 5pm to 7pm at the MORPC headquarters at 111 Liberty Street!

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/public-meeting-downtown-action-plan#post-453147

    I only recently heard about this implementation and I am interested as to what the interest group pushing this is. It seems a sad lack of transparency when something like this goes from proposal to implementation essentially unbeknownst to the people it will be impacting.

    So again, EVERYONE SHOULD BE AT THE PUBLIC MEETING THIS THURSDAY @ 5 at MORPC to be a part of this process as opposed to being subjected to it.

    in reply to: Parking Meters on High Street Downtown #466559

    Pasquar
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    Yes, because Columbus is SO biker-friendly…

    in reply to: Public Meeting: High Street Parking Meters #507992

    Pasquar
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    “More people on High Street and a vibrant downtown, everybody’s neighborhood.”

    Does this truely mean ‘everybody’ or does it mean ‘those who have cars’?? I think it’s clear what kind of people this move will benefit and what kind of people this move will hurt. Add parking meters to the busiest area for COTA to facilitate access to those with cars while impeding the safety and efficiency of riding the bus for lower-income residents who can’t afford a car. A move like this reveals what is really meant by ‘everyone’s neighborhood’, and it does not include bus riders.

    I will be at the meeting.

    in reply to: Parking Meters on High Street Downtown #466557

    Pasquar
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    NerosNeptune said:
    I have to imagine if they squeezed a bike lane in with the parking that it would be right in the door zone. No thanks.

    I think you missed the point…

    “With this, I fully agree with Neutzy that there should be a dedicated bike lane to mitigate this AS OPPOSED to adding cars and doors to the mix, making it less safe for all. ”

    As Ruben pointed out, there are plenty of garages in the downtown area that can accomodate cars and I personally don’t think it’s too much to ask of people driving into downtown to all these businesses that will benefit from the addition of meters to walk a block. Downtown Columbus is for everyone, not just car drivers, and decisions should be made that reflect that truth.

    For the record. YES bike lane. NO parked cars.

    in reply to: Parking Meters on High Street Downtown #466555

    Pasquar
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    Walker said:
    Are parked cars more hazardous than riding a bike in the bus lane? As a regular bus rider, I’m always worried about the bike riders who weave around buses.

    I get your point and it is valid, but only when you’re considering the individual actions of a biker. A lot of bikers do weave around buses and it’s not the safest thing, but this is something that they choose to do, weighing the risks involved. Parked cars, on the other hand, are things that bikers HAVE to move around. There is no option to wait patiently behind them as there is with buses, so they introduce an impediment that all bikers must face, whether they choose to weave around buses or not.

    With this, I fully agree with Neutzy that there should be a dedicated bike lane to mitigate this as opposed to adding cars and doors to the mix, making it less safe for all.

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