I would like to address the lack of available parking for customers on Second Avenue.
This street is zoned for two-hour parking, however, most of the people parking on this street park there for the entire day.
These people are the employees and owners of various businesses along this street. There is all-day parking available; a short five-minute walk away. However, most would choose to park as close to their work place as possible.
This affects the businesses along Second Avenue because patrons will go where parking is more readily available. In the service industry convenience and efficiency is very important. Customers do not want to spend 10 minutes of their lunch hour looking for parking.
I have brought this up with the city and they do have parking attendants enforcing the bylaws. They mark these vehicles with chalk and return two hours later to see if the chalk mark is still there.
Unfortunately these people who park on Second Avenue all day will go out before the two hours and wipe the chalk mark off or move their car a few metres.
In effect, there is no parking ticket issued to these individuals. I witness this time and time again. Perhaps, they need to take down licence plates to enforce the two-hour limit.
I want customers who come to businesses on Second Avenue to have the most parking available to them for their convenience. This benefits all businesses and employees of these establishments.
I would ask and encourage everyone to please park in the city’s designated free parking areas. Besides, wouldn’t a short walk every day be great for everyone’s health?