Can double parking be stopped?

9/28/2009:

Day in and day out…

One perpetual problem in Hoboken and many other cities is double parking. It’s not only dangerous for drivers and (law breaking jaywalkers), but it also makes our police waste time on blasting their sirens to force offenders to move. While the revenue for the city isn’t necessarily a bad thing (if they knew how to spend their money), we all would probably agree that eliminating the problem altogether would be a better idea in the long run.

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But how is it possible? Can it be done?

Double parking happens for a myriad of reasons, including:

  • The obvious. More cars than available spots.
  • Laziness. Many folks believe that walking a few blocks to park for a quick errand is an insane idea.
  • Deliveries. Whether FedEx or UPS – or local food deliveries.

Regardless of what the problems are – is there any concept that would realistically work for a city like Hoboken?

Let’s just assume that people will not get rid of their cars. At least not in the short term. Just not gonna happen. Sure, the size of cars is trending down, with more fuel-efficient choices being made over the super-sized SUV-surge in the last decade – but that effect is minimal in my opinion.

I’ve thought about many ideas that might help in one way or another, such as:

  • Raise the fines – zero tolerance. Similarly to how we made public drinking a $1000 fine, would raising the double parking fine help? With proper signage and an awareness campaign, Hoboken could soon become known as the “better not double park there” city to all residents and visitors. Cars or taxis dropping off passengers wouldn’t be affected.
  • Increase parking spot turnover. Parking spots with meters weren’t designed to be all-day spots where you feed the meter hour after hour. This is why it’s so hard to park on “the avenue.” But raising the meter costs exorbitantly might be a problem that would make residential parking harder on the side streets, too.
  • More city garages? Not sure how this would happen, but it’d make sense if there were several more affordable parking garages around town. The reason many of the garages aren’t used is because of the cost or location.

While I think that educational campaigns encouraging walking and biking help a little, they’re not total solution.

Do you have the magical solution?

If you were in charge of developing a plan to completely overhaul the way cars and parking are handled in Hoboken, what would you propose?

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78 Comments on "Can double parking be stopped?"

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Who pays?

NJDevils1087
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NJDevils1087

Two suggestions:

1.) A new 6-ish story lot in the back half of the Shop Rite parking lot (they have way too much parking anyway, and they can keep the bottom level if they really feel it necessary)

2.) Buy the land owned by the bankrupt Upper Grand development group and build a parking lot right next to the 9th street light rail station where they were going to put another undersold building.

sujovian
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sujovian

The solution is easy. Make the roads narrower. People double park because the roads are wide enough that you can easily do so without blocking traffic. If you make the roads narrow enough, other drivers’ horns will take on the onus of enforcement when they can’t get past a vehicle that blocks traffic. There are two simple ways to do this. The first would be to convert all parking spots on one side of the street to diagonal or perpendicular, instead of parallel. The other option would be to build a bike lane. The stupid thing many cities do is build the bike lane between the parked cars and the street, but that does nothing to prevent double parkers. The bike lane must be built between the curb and the parked cars, the way it is on 7th avenue south of 23rd street in NYC.

matt_72
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Brady – not necessarily true (more parking bringing more traffic), not if the city doesn’t increase the size of the buildings beyond what they were already planning to allow. Some of those extra spots could be used to move cars off of streets to alleviate the parking woes in town. Not all condo dwellers will put 2 cars in the garage. Shoot, some won’t even put 1 in the garage. I’d be more worried about building height than # of parking spots when it came to how much more traffic new development will bring.

bradykp
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bradykp

if you create more parking spaces, some people that find parking on the street will get a parking space (that’s assuming that there are currently 0 private parking spaces available that don’t already provide this opportunity), more people with cars will look at Hoboken as an option since the buildings they would rent/buy have parking in the building.

It’s almost always true. You build more parking spaces, and it increases the inventory of available parking.

Don’t buildings require 1.5 spaces? If some don’t put 1 in, then shouldn’t the current plans be fine already?

Only way to reduce double parking is to ticket offenders. People do it while running errands around town, not to park their car for 4-6-8-10 hours.

In response to matt_72 who said:
Brady – not necessarily true (more parking bringing more traffic), not if the city doesn’t increase the size of the buildings beyond what they were already planning to allow. Some of those extra spots could be used to move cars off of streets to alleviate the parking woes in town. Not all condo dwellers will put 2 cars in the garage. Shoot, some won’t even put 1 in the garage. I’d be more worried about building height than # of parking spots when it came to how much more traffic new development will bring.

homeworld
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One of the reasons more parking will lead to more double parkers:

If someone has a garage space, they’re more inclined to drive instead of walk for an errand because they know they have a parking space waiting for them when they return home.

In response to matt_72 who said:
Brady – not necessarily true (more parking bringing more traffic), not if the city doesn’t increase the size of the buildings beyond what they were already planning to allow. Some of those extra spots could be used to move cars off of streets to alleviate the parking woes in town. Not all condo dwellers will put 2 cars in the garage. Shoot, some won’t even put 1 in the garage. I’d be more worried about building height than # of parking spots when it came to how much more traffic new development will bring.

homeworld
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more parking = more cars = more double parkers

bradykp
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bradykp

bingo. lol.

In response to homeworld who said:
more parking = more cars = more double parkers

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