Denver's parking meters are the least fun in North America
Because much of Canada, had you injected them with truth serum, would tell you paying for parking is stupid, it’s no surprise Canadian drivers get creative when stashing their cars.
There’s the “find a business lot” trick, where you utilize company spaces during the evenings/nights when no one’s there. There’s the “tailgate, tailgate, tailgate” manoeuvre, where you enter a garage but instead tailgate another driver when it’s time to leave so you don’t have to pay. And of course there is the simpler “get lucky” strategy, where you find a meter with time still left on it by the previous driver.
But oh no, the city of Denver is saying. The latter will be no more.
According to CBS out of Colorado, Denver is testing a new pilot program for sensor-equipped meters, which would wipe out whatever fun could possibly be left in public parking.
The new meters, being run out on a 90-day program, will run in conjunction with sensors placed underneath the street.
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When the sensors detect a parked car has left its space, the meter will automatically reset – no matter how much paid time is left.
Certainly, this is rigging the game by public officials. Unfair to anyone not being paid a taxpayer salary.
Though the devilish move appears just the latest in a sea of changes to how we pay we for street parking in North America.
If the Denver sensor-equipped meters take hold, perhaps they will be paired with this feature on Milwaukee’s city meters, which text you when time’s running out (You can also add more time to the meter via your cell phone).
Or maybe we ought to all move to post-pay parking meters, as some have recently suggested.
Posted by: SP | May 29, 2021 4:10:42 PM
This is a "great idea" and really helps with downtown congestion.
In England where they've gotten tough on parking it's been so effective that people have stopped coming downtown, choosing instead to shop online and the city centers are dying (think Detroit). So... in the short term (a year or two) the city raises more revenue but in the long term, business leaves, buildings become vacant, the center dies and tax revenue disappears.
It's okay though, they can just raise gasoline taxes to European levels to cover up for their horrible mismanagement.
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Posted by: yerallnuts | Jun 3, 2021 8:06:18 AM
How is this news? You guys been living under a rock?
I highly doubt that Denver will be burying understreet sensor for each parking spot that would need to be powered - beyond the fact that it would be prohibitively expensive it would have trouble determining when a light motorcycle was parked or had left. It would require periodic maintenance to replace the battery. It would likely need to use radio signals (because running wires would be even MORE prohibitively expensive) which, if not on the cellular channels (costing the operators a bundle) would be subject to jamming that they would have no recourse against. It would be subject to vandalism (anyone with a battery powered drill could wipe out the sensors).
Montreal (and lots of other jurisdictions) that have paystation based park & pay systems on their public streets have effectively worked this way for many, many years.
Without a roadside parking meter the parker has no idea whether there is time left or not and so must feed the meter, which does not extend time but rather simply restarts the timer based on the amount of money fed to the kiosk.
Posted by: Troy Jollimore | Jun 3, 2021 9:03:59 AM
Strange. In Halifax, even 'feeding the meter' is illegal. Once your time runs out, you HAVE to move your car. You can't just pop in more change for a longer time...
Posted by: Wheel Alignment Equipment | Jun 3, 2021 1:14:47 PM
Parking meters are delegated by law to ensure that parking is clearly done in an organized manner.
That's why they made it fun to be less serious.