Inevitably, motorists have to park their vehicles somewhere and finding a place to park safely is a concern for people who shop in our retail establishments, eat in our restaurants, who visit our residents or our parks.
Lakeshore Boulevard has a somewhat unique parking configuration along the stretch from Twenty Seventh Street to Fortieth Street. Angled parking allows more cars to park per meter of sidewalk than parallel parking, so it’s a very efficient way to make parking available on this busy street.
However, angled parking becomes dangerous for motorists backing out of angled spots because it can be very hard to see oncoming traffic. It can be especially hazardous to cyclists riding in the designated bike lanes along Lakeshore. We would like to see more exploration of alternatives to angle parking.
Marie Curtis Park draws most of its visitors on weekends. On the western side of Etobicoke Creek, there are two large parking lots, but on the eastern side, which has the beach, picnic areas and playgrounds, there is only one small parking lot and most people seeking to visit the park end up parking on nearby residential streets. The park could encourage more use of the western parking lots by increasing awareness with better signage along Lakeshore.
Toronto bylaws limit street parking to 3 hours to discourage commuters from using our streets as free parking while they use the GO station or streetcar. However, we still have a number of vehicles parked overnight on the streets, which can interfere with waste pickup and snow removal .
We advocate for better enforcement – primarily during weekdays and overnight.
Lastly, Long Branch has been, for the past 5 years, the most-targeted neighbourhood for lot-splitting in Toronto. Each lot that is split means one less spot for friends and neighbours to park when they come to visit us. The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association is very active in fighting overdevelopment of this kind.