Can double parking be stopped?
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.
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?