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Perils of Parking

I am writing this email because I believe that Whistler could have more effective parking signage in the residential sub-divisions and on the highway.

Tourism Whistler, RMOW, Intrawest and others expend a lot of money, time and effort to attract visitors to Whistler and to help make their stay a memorable one and hope that the visitors return and inform their friends and associates about the joys of Whistler. Yet, so often, a visitor’s impression of Whistler is marred when their vehicle is towed even though they were not made aware of the parking regulations.

If you, as a visitor, had your vehicle ticketed and towed, would you be happy, if where you had parked, there was no sign informing you that you could not park either on the odd numbered side of the street or on the even numbered side of the street between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Or worse still when there is and was no sign of snow or impending snowfall in the valley?

Yet several visitors suffer this fate and the resort loses and we all lose. Do we expect these visitors to sing the praises of Whistler or warn people to avoid the resort? Why are the vehicles of visitors towed yet vehicles of locals left unticketed and not towed. If you don’t believe me, take a drive around some sub-divisions during a weekday.

Currently there are small signs displayed at random in the residential sub-divisions. Years ago one was greeted with a large sign at the entrance to the residential sub-divisions, which described, quite clearly, where and when one could and should not park.

Now there are a couple of signs on the highway informing both locals and visitors that winter parking regulations are in effect. These signs communicate as much information as would a sign which stated that Whistler received precipitation in the winter, making no mention of snow.

Would it not be more effective for the signs to state that parking is permitted on residential streets only on the even numbered side of the street, weekends and Monday to Friday between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. The sign may also state that parking is not permitted at other times or on the odd numbered side of the street.

The RMOW and Tourism Whistler may develop a better, more appropriate or different way to phrase the above.

Signage has to be clear. Years ago, late in December, I suggested to a young man, who had parked on the odd numbered side of the street in Emerald Estates, that he not park there, on the odd numbered side of the street, as he would likely be towed. He then wanted to know which side of the street he should park on and took umbrage at my retort that there were only two sides to the street.