Immediate Release: October 5, 2009
Councillor Cadman brings scooter and motorcycle parking motion
At this week’s city council meeting, COPE Councillor Cadman will be bringing forward a motion on increased free scooter and motorcycle parking.
It asks that parking and engineering staff initiate a revenue-neutral by-law change to free-up street parking by designating free parking for motorized scooters and motorcyles. It further elaborates that this parking would be for 6 meter spaces between pedestrian crosswalks and auto parking after intersections.
According to Councillor Cadman, this initiative is “consistent with the Greenest City Initiative which has a mandate to reduce carbon output. As motorized scooters use up to 90 percent less gasoline than automobiles and motorcycles are much better on fuel-use than cars, it makes sense for us to encourage residents to switch to more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.”
According to Ian Tootill, a motorcyclist who suggested the motion, “there is very little on-street parking available on Vancouver roadways, forcing motorized cycle operators to find innovative solutions which are often illegal and sometimes dangerous. Scooters and motorcycles regularly encounter problems when currently parking because other vehicle operators often do not see them which results in increased auto insurance rates.”
Best practices in neighboring cities with similar transportation challenges to Vancouver’s (including San Francisco, Portland and Toronto) all have established free and abundant parking to encourage and accommodate scooter and motorcycle use.
Information: Rachel Marcuse, COPE 604-312-9057 604-312-9057 , <email@example.com>
Here's hoping it goes through, it was more than I could get out of any of Vancouver City Council after 6 years! Unfortunately there are only two Cope members on council.