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Half-price parking for motorcycles and scooters to end for the season
Ottawa - The City initiative to provide half-price parking for motorcycles and scooters will end for the season on Friday, October 30, 2009.
The project supports and encourages alternative travel choices that are fuel-efficient and can reduce traffic congestion. It was extended to Municipal Lot 6 (110 Laurier Avenue) in August.
Half-price parking for motorcycles and scooters now available at City Hall
Ottawa - Motorcycle and scooter enthusiast can now park at City hall for half the regular price. Building on the success of the City’s first designated, half price parking area for motorcycles and scooters that opened in the ByWard Market in June, the City of Ottawa is expanding the project to include parking in the City hall parking garage at 110 Laurier Avenue West (entrance on Laurier Avenue and also from Elgin Street at Nepean Street)
The pilot project in the BYWard Market reconfigured 10 regular parking spaces on the main level of Municipal Lot 4 (entrance at 70 Clarence Street) into an area for 31 motorcycles and scooters. The convenient, half-priced parking is intended to reduce traffic congestion and encourage use of this smaller, fuel-efficient form of transportation.
While the new scooters and motorcycle parking area in the ByWard Market has a separate entrance with a Pay & Display machine and motorcycle-size parking spaces, spaces have not been reconfigured at City Hall and the main change is the reduction in price for those visiting City Hall or the many restaurants and attractions nearby.
BY-LAW NO. 2009 - 149
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to amend By-law No. 2003-530 respecting parking meter fees and motorcycle parking.
Launch of the City of Ottawa’s First Designated Parking Area for Motorcycles and Scooters
WHEN: Date: Monday, June 30, 2009
WHERE: Lot 4, 70 Clarence Street between ByWard and William Streets (on the main level, near the entrance)
The City of Ottawa will officially open the first designated parking area for motorcycles and scooters.
Over a year ago, the City of Ottawa embarked on a journey to work directly with stakeholders and a variety of interest groups to develop a new City of Ottawa Municipal Parking Management Strategy.
On April 22, 2009, following an extensive consultation period, City Council approved the new Parking Management Strategy.
This comprehensive strategy addresses many different areas including the treatment of motorcycles and scooters that require parking.
For the first time in Ottawa’s history, two significant pieces of legislation have been approved dealing with motorcycle parking:
* The first, which is encompassed in By Law 2009-149, provides for two motorcycles to park in one metered parking space.
* The second piece of legislation, and the sole purpose of this event, focuses on having a seasonal dedicated motorcycle and scooter parking area within a municipal parking facility.
Motorcycles and scooters will be permitted to park in this area (space permitted) and pay only half of the regular facility rate.
This new initiative permits parking for 31 motorcycles or scooters on the main level of Municipal Lot 4 (off-street Garage in the ByWard Market), in an area that was previously designated as 8 conventional parking spaces.
Providing free parking for two-wheeled vehicles on the basis of environmental benefits would be inequitable for those who walk, cycle, or pay to take public transit.
The City is also offering complimentary plastic holders for parked motorcycle and motor scooters to display their Pay & Display parking receipts. The plastic holders can be obtained from Client Service Centres or the Markets' Management kiosk at 55 By Ward Market.
If this initiative is successful, the City will consider implementing similar programs in its other municipal parking facilities.
The City is also working with private sector parking lots to better identify where motorcycle parking is available to the public.
Additional enhancements include 2 new types of bike parking vertical racks in this facility. These will be installed in additional facilities if it they are accepted by the cycling community.
For more information please email me at email@example.com
Parking to go to City Council April 15th
It's almost time to print off the petition. Please email everyone and let's give this one final push. If we're to be taken seriously we have to show more numbers.
The issues being addressed will affect the city as a whole and not just down town. The issue of parking in the City of Ottawa will not come up again for a number of years this is our opportunity to do something now. I am challenging the wording of some recommendations, as well as insuring designated parking on streets and not just lots. What was mentioned to me was making secure parking available in lots as well as special parking to accommodate scooters and electric bikes so as they may also be locked up. The issue of reduced rates is also being brought up. I will be challenging this further to make sure on street is included in this proposal.
Anyone wishing to see a copy of the issues under consideration, please email me. All input on this matter must be submitted by May 4th. Any comments, suggestions or questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14, 2008 to present - Areas identified (by you) as needing designated parking:
Please Email Sheldon Cross (Petition Author) to identify additional locations requiring designated 'City of Ottawa' downtown parking for scooters and motorcycles. Kindly use subject line ‘Parking Needed Here’ so I may filter it from all the other emails.
July 10, 2008 - Designated parking is on its way...
I have been contacted by the city and asked to help with how and where designated parking should be located. Someone had requested the World Exchange Plaza and it is being looked at now. Where do you need parking? The city wishes to try and get this issue going A.S.A.P. and your input is important. I have already supplied vehicle size measurements to help determine how best to break up parking area's. A mock up is now being done to see how best to fit the maximum number of bikes/scooters in a given area.
I was asked to put the word out to all of you! so city officials can immediately look at where both city and private parking spaces are required. Please Note: the city can only ‘recommend’ private spaces but is putting these requests forward just the same.
I need the name and location of the lots/underground parking areas you need parking for. Please Email me at email@example.com . Kindly use subject line ‘Parking Needed Here’ so I may filter it from all the other emails.
I have until next week to have all your requests in. There are still four meetings left this summer before other recommendations go to council and the issue of free and/or how much parking is still to be determined.
Please keep the comments and suggestions coming and keep spreading the word. We still need more signatures and supporters for when this goes to council.
June 17, 2008 - Municipal Parking Management Strategy Focus Group Session:
The following documents (presented by Ralph Bond, the City of Ottawa consultant who chaired the focus group) attempt to capture the various perspectives offered during the session: