Redwood City to discuss downtown parking tonight

When municipal leaders talk about parking in downtown business districts, the dialogue usually goes something like this:

Merchant Association: We need parking garages! And time limits on street parking!

Shoppers: We support downtown, but there’s no parking!

Downtown workers: There’s no parking, and I’m tired of skipping out every two hours to move my car!

City Office: We show 500 parking spaces within the downtown core. At most, 258 of them are used at any one time.

Environmentalists: Parking is EVIL!

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Apple Store bicycle customer accomodations

LA Metro’s bicycle program Facebook page posted this photo of the Apple Store in Santa Monica, California.

Santa Monica Apple Store bike parking

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Armored vehicle crushes bike lane parking scofflaw

Update: Video!

Vilnius, Lithuania apparently has a problem with entitled luxury car owners who use bike lanes as their personal free parking. It’s become so widespread that the mass media have picked up on the meme of people posting photos of these parking scofflaws to social media networks.

Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas decided to take action and “reminded [these drivers] of the rules” as he posted photos of a crushed Mercedes-Benz to his Facebook page.

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Parking and entitlement in Toronto

Toronto: Enraged motorhead who receives parking ticket runs over bicycle patrol officer who ticketed him.

A Toronto Police parking enforcement officer issued a ticket to a vehicle that he judged to be parked illegally on College Street West.

“The driver of the vehicle came out and became upset,” [Toronto Constable Tony] Vella alleged. “He was argumentative and belligerent towards the parking enforcement officer.”

The officer rode away on his bicycle to “de-escalate the situation,” he said.

Police allege the accused got into his vehicle, followed the officer southbound on Bellevue Street and struck his bicycle, he said.

And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims cyclists are ones with a sense of entitlement and privilege.