Always a major issue for some: where to park the car when I go to car-free day this weekend. Because, of course, there is only one and only one way to travel to such an event. And the destination city and the event organizers are morally and ethically bound to provide me with a (preferably free) place to store my vehicle when I get there, or anywhere else for that matter. No matter where, no matter when.
HERE’s a bunch of handy tips for solving this dilemma. Thanks to Kudos and Kvetches at the Vancouver Courier.
Introduction: This weekend, wide swaths of Main Street in Mount Pleasant and Denman Street in the West End will be closed to vehicle traffic for something called Car Free Day — also known as the Day Angry Old People Go On Facebook, Use the Phrase ‘Mayor Moonbeam’ and Complain about Bike Lanes. Just kidding, that’s everyday on Facebook.
The annual street festival that “reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community focused public spaces” has grown in popularity since it started in 2008. So much so, that it’s nearly impossible to find parking for those who choose to drive to the event in honour of not driving. It’s a real conundrum.
Sample handy tip:
Park on someone’s lawn. Despite what you’ve been led to believe with your eyes and mind, lots of people actually possess lawns in Vancouver. Find those people’s lawns and park on them. They won’t mind. They probably won’t even notice. The people who are renting out the house with a lawn through Airbnb might notice but not the owners of the house with a lawn. They’re probably somewhere else that’s way cheaper and listening to Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie” on repeat. Is there any other way?