Re: [carfree_cities] advice sought re government rules on parking and hawkers
- Thanks, Simon. Having won a small victory in our
battle to save the rickshaw, we are expanding...to
even more difficult battles.
To clarify, I think I know what we want, but need
examples, preferably complete with some text, so that
we can draft policies to present to the government.
(Short of that I can hammer them with questions, but
that is unlikely to be as effective.) Governments
tend to prefer not to be original--they like to know
that what we suggest has already been implemented
- No increase in off-street parking.
- Ban parking on sidewalks (!) and major streets.
- Allow parking on minor streets, but charge for it,
by the time spent parked there.
My concern is, if we seriously limit availability
of parking, we may increase traffic congestion because
so many people have drivers rather than driving
themselves--but I assume that would be self-limiting,
as jams should be a bit of a deterrent, and we would
try to use the freed space to improve other modes,
thus, we hope, decreasing car use. (Any bans/limits
on free parking should of course be accompanied by
other discouragements to car use and incentives for
Re hawkers, what we want is to keep them on the
sidewalks, but not allow them to block the entire
sidewalk. We feel they provide attraction and safety
as well as selling goods at low prices and thus
improving the lot of the poor (as both sellers and
buyers). In terms of food, they also improve
diversity, as they sell far more varieties of local
food than are available in most restaurants. Again,
we need to demonstrate that hawkers are welcome, even
encouraged, on sidewalks in other ("modern,
To make my motives clear, may I assure you all we
would just recommend banning all cars if we
could...but in the meantime, are trying to figure out
how to contain the damage they cause, while training
the majority that they have the right to demand space
be given to them, not to cars.
--- Simon Baddeley <s.j.baddeley@...> wrote:
> I don't have easy answers. What delights me about
> this posting is that the
> carfree dialogue has extended to Dhaka. Wonderful!
> Greetings Debra
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