Do Some Commissioners See $$$$ In Bicycle Parking? Or, Is It Just Hot Air?
Complete Video at UpNorthMedia (subject begins at 30-min mark)
A different kind of quote this Monday from Traverse City commissioner Ralph Soffredine. Last Monday night he voted against increasing the idea of fines for parking meter violations. After the vote, he posed the above question, in what could only be interpreted as a response, a challenge if you may, to public comment by yours truly.
So, the question is: does commissioner Soffredine really think Traverse City should charge for bicycle parking? What is his rationale?
Or, like comments on a lot of issues was his comment simply a knee jerk reaction made because he was in a testy mood?
Soffredine has a lot of defenders in the community and I continually don’t see it. I took his question as a subtle attack against a citizen expressing his opinion in support of a measure. I made no comment about bicycle infrastructure and kept my comments to how I understand the issue at hand: rates for storing cars downtown. I wish my commissioners could focus as well. If he feels the city needs to financially mitigate the use of bicycles, by all means, I want him to state his case.
NOTE: The city commission will be considering enacting rate increases at the Nov. 15 meeting. I was present at last Monday’s meeting for other reasons, but did stand up to speak in favor of the increases because 1) they should help mitigate the negative impact of motor vehicles by reinvesting the revenue into the community; 2) rates can be used to increase circulation (who really takes $5 seriously); 3) rates can be managed to create incentives for drivers to use the parking decks (generally, p-decks need to be cheaper than surface parking).
It’s questionable if the DDA is tackling these rates for broad strategic reasons and implementation, but parking fine increases are a start. Apparently, a $5 fine for meter violation, which basically allows you to rent public space for car storage for an entire day, is already too high for commissioner Soffredine. If so, I urge him to get on a bike and take advantage of heavily subsidized bicycle parking.
Poorly titled TCBN article: TC Might Double Parking Fines