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End pay parking
This past Sunday November 6, I came up to Whistler from Squamish to return some unneeded ski-gear. I thought to myself, let's go check-out Lots 1-5 and see how many vehicles are parked there. There was not a hope in hell that I was going to spend my money to park there.
Here is what I found out. As of 11:00am on a beautiful sunny Sunday, I observed the following: Lot 1 had 15 vehicles, Lot 2 had 27 vehicles, Lot 3 had 10 vehicles, Lot 4 had 21 vehicles, Lot 5 had five vehicles. That's a total of 78 vehicles on a sunny Sunday.
Pretty bad, I would say. Why is this? Because people do not want to pay. I probably would have stayed and had lunch at Tapley's or the Longhorn, but I wasn't going to pay to stay to have lunch.
I drove into Marketplace and found that their parking lot was at least three-quarters full with several hundred vehicles. Why? Because they offer FREE parking in order to get people to visit the shops there.
I then went to return my ski gear and paid 50 cents for a half-hour of parking. That will be the LAST 50 cents that the RMOW gets from me for parking.
Meanwhile here in Squamish I was seeing lots of people from Whistler and Pemberton shopping and enjoying all the FREE PARKING.
I truly hope that all the candidates running for council in Whistler will get the message about the damage that the pay parking is doing to the village and the business.
My message is this: get rid of pay parking everywhere and people will come and that includes me.
Pay parking money must go to transit
With the final official implementation of pay parking in Lots 4 and 5, I'm hoping that: 1) they plan to pave Lot 5 because I don't see how you can justify forcing people to pay to park in a gravel parking lot, and 2) some of the money is going to the bus system because higher fares with reduced service has not made people "reconsider" driving to the village regardless of pay parking.
If the cost each month ends up the same, if not cheaper, to drive then purchase a bus pass without the inconvenience of a terrible bus schedule. For the sake of the present and future muni and council I hope the money earned from this cash grab is put to good use to at least try and put some good faith back into the residents of this great community.
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