Other Solutions to Parking in Downtown Santa Monica
Printed in the Santa Monica Daily
Press March 27th.
It is definitely time to rethink
how we approach the transport issues for our downtown
price of gasoline continues to change rapidly ad there
are strong indications this will continue.
Why else would a conservative oilman president be
talking about our oil addiction as a threat to our
economy and our national security?
Relieving parking demands only
makes sense when we also relieve the congestion that
goes with it. That
means getting more people to their desired destination
without using cars.
We would be better served to spend the cities
resources to favor people using smaller vehicles like
bicycles, motor scooters and mobility scooters. Locals
can use these to get to downtown without having to use
their cars. These
vehicles require from one-tenth to one-fourth the
parking resources and use less imported oil.
I drive an electric motor scooter
and never have problems parking and it is usually less
than a half a block from my destination.
Not only that but the roads are never so
congested that I cannot move easily and quickly around
In addition we can improve public
transport so that the people who work in downtown can
get there quickly and easily without needing a car.
As a local businessperson who has to keep workers
on the job from up to thirty miles away I see how
difficult that is becoming.
Entry-level workers are hard pressed to afford
the fuel for their commute and they certainly cannot
afford to move to this part of town.
That problem will only get more pronounced as we
compete for limited oil supplies with countries like
India and China.
There is a group of people in town
that is working through the Sustainable Transport Club
to make these kinds of solutions a reality.
It will take lots of us to get this new approach
to work so feel free to contact us at www.sustainabletransportclub.com
or ride your bicycle down to see us at the Earth day
event in downtown on April 15th.
In the mean time it is good to know
that Council Member McKeown and the Daily Press are
bringing this issue out for debate.
We can no longer accept gasoline-powered cars as
the only or even the best transport solution.
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