So the rumors were true. I wish I could take off of work to go watch this, it’s at 10 AM today (Wednesday)! Exciting!! If you have news from the unveiling, please leave a comment.
NBC4 reports: “The city will open its first scooter parking lot on Gay Street between Third and High.”
And from a City Press Release:
Mayor to Announce New Parking Areas for Motorcycles and Scooters
Mayor Michael B. Coleman will team with City Councilmember Maryellen O’Shaughnessy and local scooter enthusiasts Wednesday morning to announce the City’s plan to add new on-street and alley parking Downtown, in the Short North and in the Brewery District specifically designated for motorcycles and scooters.
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2008
61 East Gay Street, On sidewalk in front of Subway
I’m guessing they will unveil the lot on Gay Street, and announce their plans to open similar lots. Yay!!! This weekend I will scope it/them out and post some photos.
hat-tip to Walker of Columbus Underground. CU discussion can be found there too.
In case you don’t ever go downtown, the City had a big crackdown on the parking in Pearl Alley. Not surprisingly I think it’s…. ill-advised. If they did this at the same time (or really after) unveiling new secure scooter and motorcycle parking it would be a different story.
Here are some thoughts by other people:
comments on Columbus Underground
Elephants on Bicycles
I’m just gonna quote the recent scooter parking article in Columbus Alive (shown in italics)…
“Columbus City Councilwoman Maryellen O’Shaughnessy agrees that the city needs to examine scooter parking.” Yay! Support from a politician, this is key.
“What if you had one parking space [on city lots] that was allotted for scooters?” asked O’Shaughnessy, who often rides to work on a moped. “You could get quite a few in there. There are other cities that are doing this. What we need to do is study how they are accommodated in other cities.”
Read the full article at: http://www.columbusalive.com/?sec=living&story=alive/2007/1018/l-cylinder.html
Wouldn’t it be cool if Columbus had this one day? Believe it or not, I am not the only person who cares about this. From one of the relatively new Columbus Dispatch blogs: http://blog.dispatch.com/commuter/2007/08/put_it_in_park.html
If you are traveling to NYC or have friends there, here are the details: http://www.vespanomics.com/FreeParkingNYCLocations.cfm.
Here’s a video from a NYC news channel about it…