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Watching traffic and the parking situation this past weekend I was amazed that city council would even consider removing a single parking space. Slowing traffic was a great start, requiring every property owner to have a sidewalk would make sense. Cross walks on every corner would make sense. Having a police presence to keep some semblance of order would make sense.
Closing Yampa street to traffic, thus forcing more traffic on to Lincoln makes no sense. Traffic is only going to increase in the future, taking away alternative routes is ludicrous. City council should be looking for ways to make traffic flow and making sure that when someone wants to shop or dine downtown there is adequate parking. We need a common sense approach to these problems not someone's idea of utopia.
In Boulder there is parking close by if you are willing to pay. If you know your way around you can find parking garages and lots all around the Pearl Street mall. In regards to the underutilized parking at Howelsen and the rodeo grounds-have you been over there during the busy weekends when parking is most critical?
It is time to address the parking in downtown, it won't be cheap, but it is time. If Steamboat wants a vibrant retail district, more close in parking is needed, not less. It is time to build paid parking structures and stop pretending that having fewer parking spaces somehow makes it better.
Good luck to both of you. You will be missed.
It is happening everyday in this country. It can only happen in Routt County if the citizens are tired of the waste of taxpayer dollars and demand the change.
Government should not create jobs for the sake of creating jobs, but rather to fill the positions needed to run an efficient system-taking care of the requirements of the citizens.
Instead of looking for excuses, why not start looking for better, more efficient ways to run our government.
Settle down Rhys, you'll blow a gasket.
It's just too bad that the folks at the Today newspaper aren't pursuing more meaning ways to impact our city.
If law enforcement feels that it is beneath them to write tickets to either of these offending parties. Then we have a real problem and it will only be a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously hurt. What bothers me most is that children watch adults making these decisions without consequence and then engage in the same actions. However I child is a lot more likely to get hurt. If the city council has sent a directive to the police look the other way, then shame on them. If the police don't want to enforce these laws maybe it's time for some logical direction from council.
The bike riders and law enforcement of SS and Routt County need to go to a truly bike friendly town like Tucson Arizona. Or the beach towns in southern California. The way to keep bike riding safe is to follow the rules, in these bike friendly areas if a motorist breaks the law and puts a bike rider in danger they get a ticket. If a biker rider breaks the law and puts themselves and or others in danger they get a ticket. For some reason this crazy town thinks being bike friendly, is the total mayhem that is currently happening. It is time for law enforcement, motorists, bike riders and skate boarders in the valley to get a clue. Rob, I think that in writing this article you were just trying to be controversial, if not you need to get a clue.
Good one, Mark!
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