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Proposed parking experiment in Edinburgh

Proposed parking experiment in Edinburgh

Dear Councillors,

Following on from the future of local transport debate the other evening, I would like to propose a simple parking experiment. It would not cost much and should be fairly straight forward to carry out.

I suggest that the council gets four or five Car Bike Ports, puts them in parking bays around the city, and then monitor what happens. If you were to leave them in a single bay for no more than a few months at a time, you would only have to use Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs). Or you could have them moved between bays on the same street every few days, so that you would even need to bother with the TTROs.

As it is purely short term experiment there should be to much planning needed and as the Car Bike Ports were originally commissioned by the London Festival of Architecture, the Street Scape people shouldn’t have a problem. The Car Bike Ports could even be rented to keep the cost down. Although I suspect that by the end of the experiment there would be a clamour from the local trader for keeping them.

So are you wiling to give it a go?


It would be great to see something like this in Edinburgh:

Car Bike port

The Mayor of Vilnius find solution to cars parked in cycle lanes

The Mayor of Vilnius find solution to cars parked in cycle lanes

The Mayor of Vilnius, Artūras Zuokas, has found a solution to the problem of cars parked illegally in cycle lanes:

Now if you were to try this in Edinburgh in August, it would probably be taken for a festival stunt. Would the Lord Provost of Edinburgh please take note: George, we need you to do something like this, please!

But maybe we need a visit from the Dutch Ambassador first…

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