Re: Re: The massive effect of the placement of parking in high density areas
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Agreed, Frank (and Devin). Maybe 300m. is too far away – bringing home a weekly family shop would take a few trips from car to house/apt. – but a good first step would be to get people at least to think about their options. My preference would be for basement parking with secure gated access. Part of the problem with basements in the past is that people feel their car isn’t secure in one, and often they’re right. Vigilance on the part of all residents is required, rather than the ‘Do you mind if I just sneak in behind you’ mentality, and well-designed basement car parks with good monitoring, sightlines, etc.
One thing that always gets to me is that car parking is the shortest distance possible from the front door, whereas bike parking is usually hidden behind the bin sheds or screened from view by fencing, hedges, etc., is often quite a distance from the front door, and generally seems to have been added as an afterthought rather than designed in from the outset. And yes, I’ve even seen it referred to as a ‘visual intrusion’.
But cars? Oh no. They’re not a visual intrusion. they’re an extension of our very souls.