In Porty Town Hall, Edinburgh Council is holding a Traffic & Parking Consultation on Wednesday 25th May 7-9pm.
If you live on Marlborough St, Bellfield S, Regent St, Straiton Place or Bath St – you are invited to have your say about how the Council should deal with the parking congestion on these streets.
On a personal note: We have a car and live on Marlborough Street. Here are some suggestions to help solve the traffic and parking problems:
PARKING ON ONE SIDE OF THE STREET ONLY:
This street (like Bath Street) have parking on only one side (instead of being impassable for pedestrians by cars parking on the pavements). This would discourage us (and maybe others?) from owning cars since cars in a city like Edinburgh are (for most of us) all about convenience, and not being able to park here would be mightily inconvenient!
ON-STREET COVERED CYCLE RACKS:
Instead, some of the remaining parking spaces should be converted into covered cycle racks so that using bicycles can be made more convenient (or simply made possible!) for those of us in tenements (and those in houses). These need not be individual cubicles as used on many stations (which take up too much room per bike) but a covered rack where bikes can be locked up and have the worst of the rain kept off them.
MAKING STREET USE FAIRER:
Those who continue to park on the street could contribute to community transport initiatives through community permits that can help pay for such cycle parking shelters and help make the city car club cheaper for those who decide to relinquish their cars, or for those who don’t have a car but need to use one. This could be a popular and innovative approach and would be far more popular, helpful and targeted on helping solve our transport issues, than people paying for Council parking permits.
Alongside the excellent bus service, perhaps this will help us to kick the car habit and make our streets safer and better places to be.
Any other thoughts out there? It could be useful to have a range of suggestions, rather than just complaints, to bring to the meeting!