So we’ve got some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first?
Bad news? OK. Get it out of the way, just like ripping off a Band-Aid—I like your style.
Here goes: Pay parking returns to all of Whistler’s day lots as of Saturday, June 15, running until Sept. 15.
But—and here’s where the good part comes in—you can save a few bucks on weekends and holidays until Sept. 2 by taking advantage of free transit throughout Whistler.
It’s all part of the RMOW’s plan to increase parking availability, reduce highway congestion as well as curb vehicle emissions, which continue to make up the majority of Whistler’s greenhouse gas (GHG) output.
“Summer in Whistler is a great time to go car free”, said Mayor Jack Crompton in a release. “Leaving your vehicle at home when possible achieves real reductions in our climate footprint.”
From May to October this year, the RMOW is challenging residents to switch out one vehicle trip per week for a lower-carbon transportation method, such as transit, cycling, walking or carpooling. The municipality estimates that 600 tonnes of GHG emissions would be cut from Whistler’s carbon footprint if residents eliminate one car trip a week for the duration of the challenge.
The RMOW is using parking fees from Day Lots 1 to 5 to fund the free transit initiative, as well as bike parking and other transportation options as part of Whistler’s Transportation Action Plan.
Resident/employee parking passes for Day Lots 4 and 5 can be purchased online at https://rmowparking.t2hosted.ca/Account/Portal, or in person at municipal hall.
The Whistler Bike Valet service, which offers secure bicycle parking, is available on Sundays at the Whistler Farmer’s Market in the Upper Village and at several of the Whistler Presents summer concerts held in Olympic Plaza, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., starting with The Tenors, set to play Canada Day at 7 p.m.
The full list of events and bike locations will be available at whistlerbikevalet.com.
Also, until Oct. 16, secure bike self-parking is available underneath the Whistler Public Library with a $25 refundable deposit. Register at whistler.ca/bikeparking.