The short answer is, there aren’t meters in the South Wedge or Park Avenue because it’s always been that way. The longer answer is to get meters on main thoroughfares in those districts, you would need to petition the City Traffic Control Board. The board has to approve any proposals for meter installation or removal.
Would meters hurt or help shop-lined streets like Park Ave. and South Ave.? If you want to make it easier for your customers to find parking, meters help. They ensure turnover. Parking meter systems in some cities allow for pricing based on demand, which also helps keep parking available. Xerox made a video about the concept.
On the other hand, there’s a perception people will avoid an area if they have to pay to park. Meters could also push people to side streets where residents might not be so welcoming.
One way to make it easier for businesses along metered strips is to allow grace periods, something suggested in a 2008 Rochester downtown parking survey. That could include programming meters to allow the first 20 minutes for free, allowing people to do quick errands or pick up takeout lunches. Another idea is first-hour-free programs at downtown garages. The study also suggested token or sticker programs in which businesses would offer returning customers free parking.
Links of the Day:
- Darien Lake concert goers describe a “nightmare” traffic experience at a weekend concert.
- Attendance in the Rochester City School District is probably much worse than data indicates. A flawed record-keeping system has been exposed, revealing extremely troubling information. Truancy is a problem even in elementary schools. Can schools truly be blamed?
- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will feel the heat over his handling of sexual harassment complaints against a powerful lawmaker.
- A Tioga County judge accidentally fired his gun in chambers. Whoops.
- As Los Angeles assesses its prospects for getting an NFL team, the Buffalo Bills do not appear to be in the mix.