Ban on street car parking in city centre

If Gent can do it why can't we? Would raise a lot of revenue through car park charges and encourage people parking outside of city and getting bus/tram in. Would leave lots of space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Could let delivery drivers park at a set time each morning and obviously would need to consider provisions for those with a blue badge, but otherwise there is no place for cars in a city!

Why the contribution is important

It will give people space for active travel which is very important for health and wellbeing and reducing pollution.

by sarahleslie1 on August 01, 2020 at 10:42AM

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  • Posted by paddyinlothian August 01, 2020 at 13:12

    I agree, the city is clogged up as it is and removing cars from city centre will make it a more enjoyable experience. I think also provision should be made for bike parking for those that do cycle in.
  • Posted by Eva August 03, 2020 at 12:15

    Agree so much with this. There are streets (personally, Lothian road connection with the Princess street, awful scary junctions between Leith st and Leith walk) where I feel very uncomfortable riding a bike and usually just walk it, especially if it's the rush hour after work and I know that people might be tired, in a hurry and maybe can't even see me all that well in the darker times, like our long-lasting Scottish winter. It would be great if there were incentives to make the city more cycle-friendly.
  • Posted by DJ August 10, 2020 at 20:25

    Agree with the exception of some blue badge spaces
  • Posted by edinburger August 10, 2020 at 22:44

    Strongly disagree. For a start:
    1. There aren't enough delivery drivers and vans in the world to restrict deliveries into short time windows at the start of a day. Do you expect delivery drivers to be unemployed for the rest of the day? What do they do when they're traveling with a delivery from another region? Are they supposed to stay overnight and wait for the next day to deliver?
    2. Inclusion. Plenty of people (not only those with a blue badge) rely on cars to participate in society and be able to move around the city at all. Removing parking spaces excludes people visiting the city centre who live in areas with poor public transport links, and there are plenty of those.
    3. City centre residents own cars and need to park them.
    4. Businesses rely on customers being able to park e.g. charity shop drop-off and collection, even florists.
    5. Edinburgh is full of hills and the weather is bad for much of the year. It's totally reasonable for people to want to drive instead of cycling or waiting for public transport.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 17, 2020 at 08:46

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