605converting a curb parking spot to a park
- May 27, 2006Chris, it would be great if you could provide more information on the
Byward Market conversion thing, I have done a research in a similar
issue, pedestrianising a street in Bangkok, and I found that the
retailers were more positive after conversion and the sales volumes even
increased. But there was also a program in BKK of closing a street for
traffic on the weekends and as far as I know it was not a success.
Chris Bradshaw wrote:
> The idea of temporarily converting a curb parking spot to a park was tried
> in Ottawa by our Car-Free Ottawa group in the early 1990s. We did it
> in the
> Byward Market in the Lower Town area, and the result was anger by nearby
> merchants that they were losing customers by converting a parking spot for
> cars to a spot for parking our various "human-powered vehicles."
> There was
> also a visit by a parking control officer threatening to issue a
> ticket (to
> what vehicle owner?) for not using it for its intended purpose.
> Frankly, I am more comfortable with converting parking spaces than
> converting through lanes, or closing off a street completely.
> Last year, I lead the effort in our neighbourhood for car-free day that
> targeted neither the through lanes nor street parking spaces. Instead, we
> cordoned off -- with the City's O.K. --the portion of the parking lane
> was closest to the corners, the 9-metre section that is not marked for
> meters, and is used for short stops be delivery vehicles and taxis. Those
> sections I have proposed for "bulb-outs," curb extensions that reduce the
> crossing width for pedestrians and provide sidewalk bulges for benches,
> newsboxes, and for people to wait to cross without blocking the through
> We converted the 10 or so spaces along our main street (Bank Street) for
> public activities, such as booths, musicians performing, and a couple
> artists. It was well received, although plans for this year have not
> It was possible only by moving the day to a Saturday, when the curb lanes
> are not converted to through rush-hour traffic, since such activities
> have taken away the entire lane.
> Chris Bradshaw
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