April 30, 2012

More about Columbus Downtown Parking Meters

In my first post about downtown parking meters, I failed to look at what would happen if you were to put money in the parking meter between restricted hours.

This is what the parking meter looks like on the payment side. On the other side, the driver is notified that it's a tow-away zone between 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM and there is also another, stand-alone sign which states that there is no parking between the same times. This side says that the meter is enforced between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM except Sundays and holidays and that there is a two hour limit. One minor improvement would be to put a tow-away zone sticker warning on this meter sides.

I put a dime into the meter at 8:31 AM on a Friday and what happened? It took my money and told me that I had 37 minutes and that it expires at 9:08 AM.

It also switched to this display which basically is the same information.

What does all of this mean?

I am alright with peak-hour on-street parking restrictions. I'm alright without any parking restrictions if it won't affect public transit. However, if there are on-street parking restrictions, we need to be sure that all potential drivers are aware of the restrictions and that their car will be towed between 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM. 

While there is plenty of signage warning people, it makes sense to reprogram the message output of these parking meters so that there is 0 confusion. I hate seeing any car get towed. That would be a day ruiner.

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