Well, in case any of you locals haven't noticed, we are back in the thick of things as far as the traffic situation goes.
Last weekend and this one coming up are two of the biggest draws we have to our fine city. But, alas, we throw a party for 20,000 plus visitors and provide parking and facilities for less than half of that.
This is one of those "Everybody talks about it but nobody does anything about it." Recently, the city has added a VALET PARKING lot at the end of lower Thames Street in the Police Substation. If my store wasn't across the street from it, I don't know if I would have known anything about it. It it at the end of the shopping area, charges customers $15 to park and then, they have to walk back uptown. Some of the older folks are unable to do this.
Also, how do visitors even know about it? I have been thinking about this a lot and talking about it with the customers in my shop and I have an idea. If you are a local, you are very much aware of all the churches that are here. Many of them have parking lots and these have chains across the entrances with "NO PARKING" signs. Big, huge, empty lots that except for Sundays, are literally not being used.
We also have schools that in the summer are vacant. Rogers High School for one has a gigantic lot. If these places could be solicited to allow parking on their property and we provided shuttles or reasonable alternatives, it could certainly help things.
I have noticed the Pedicabs all over town. Even this business could have their cabs at these satellite parking lots to bring people back and forth from downtown.
I am sure I am going to hear from all of you naysayers who will find something wrong with this idea, but I would love to hear from those of you who think it is a good idea and also suggestions as to how this could be implemented.