January 23, 2005

Parking Ban

I went out for a walk after the snow stopped and the sun (sort of) came out. Besides the snow piled up along the side of the roads and the lack of traffic, I was trying to figure out what felt so much different than usual, and why the roads seemed so much larger and more expansive -- when in fact they were narrower (100% of road width wasn't plowed).

It finally came to me -- the parking ban! At least I think Framingham had a parking ban, requiring all cars off the streets so roads could be plowed.

I know it's not feasible, but it sure would be great if there were no parked cars for pedestrians to have to walk around, on streets where there are no sidewalks....

View of road without parked cars
View of road without any parked cars

1 comment:

  1. I see your concern, and although I no longer live in snow territory (used to live in PA,
    but now FL), I have a point to make. If pedestrians walk on the outside of the parked
    cars, the cars provide a "barrier" from the moving traffic in the event of an accident.
    Thats one of the reasons that on-street parking is a big part of the "walkable" downtown
    environment. I guess walking on the grass can sometimes be out of the question when you
    are walking with a stroller or kids on rollerblades. But on-street parking helps to slow
    traffic (driver's fear of hitting the cars) and can protect pedestrians.