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Seattle Reviewing 72-hour On-street Parking Rule

street in SeattleCaught between advocates for people living in recreational vehicles, vans, and other cars, and businesses who say such vehicles using on-street parking long-term keep customers away, the City of Seattle is revisiting its rule that says vehicles can’t stay in the same on-street space for more than 72 hours in the city.

The rule was suspended in April 2020,when COVID-19 kept many people home from work and regular shopping and outings, which meant they weren’t using their cars as much. It was reinstated this past April, and that set off controversy: Homeless people live in vehicles and, advocates say, asking them to move every three days is unfair; businesses, on the other hand, say vehicles that don’t move regularly clog streets and create garbage and crime that keep customers away.

It’s a conundrum being seen by an increasing number of municipalities. For its part, Seattle says it will revisit the rule to balance all needs as COVID-19 continues to affect travel patterns and lifestyles.

Seattle Contemplates On-street Bike, Scooter Parking

Users love the convenience of dockless, shared bikes and scooters, but not everyone is quite as enamored with the clutter they can create on sidewalks and curbs in between uses. Seattle, Wash., is considering establishing on-street parking spaces for the vehicles to help combat that.

The city council this week authorized the Seattle Department of Transportation to come up with a budget to create on-street parking zones for shared micro-mobility vehicles. The department was also asked to create a budget to establish on-sidewalk parking areas for scooters and bikes on every city block. And they’re talking about what fines could be established for user non-compliance.

Seattle joins a list of other cities debating how to offer shared micro-mobility without creating sidewalk crowding and pedestrian hazards. Read the whole story here. Has your organization had these discussions? Let us know on Forum.