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Zipcars - adding to the parking congestion?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2014

Just saw this.

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How did this get by us without the usual Palo Alto kerfuffle? How will this add to the parking mess? Where will the spare zipcars park?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm

According to this, Zipcars will be "parked across the city"

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

"The cars have designated parking spots located at the Civic Center Garage, Lot H, Lot K, and Lot N lot for convenient pick-up and return."


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Posted by contrarian
a resident of University South
on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Ther'e ain't enough of them zippies to make a difference. Stay on target: stop further overdevelopment, vote for DuBois, Filseth, and Holman.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

Is Zipcar buying parking permits for these cars? or is the city giving the parking spaces for free to Zipcar? The city charges $17.50 for an all day parking permit; that's about $6,500/year. The article mentions 10 cars. Is Zipcar paying the city $65,000 per year for the parking spaces assigned to these cars? answer is NO.

But when the residents want a residential parking permit program, the residents have to pay for it; after all the city & city council created the parking mess by approving all the exceptions for high density development, and approving exceptions for the office buildings NOT to have the required parking.

It's time to vote a city council which will hold the staff accountable for the mess they made. Put the city manager and his direct reports on notice that if the mess is not cleaned up by the end of 2015, they will be given notice to go.


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Posted by do the math
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

A well designed ride share system should reduce the need for parking since the cars will be in use most of the time instead of parked in downtown parking garages all day like private cars would. Of course, they do have to deploy a big enough system so that local residents sign up for ZipCar instead of buying personal cars (or instead of a 2nd or 3rd family car).


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

My math says you've just doubled the amount of parking required. When you pick up a Zipcar from one of the public lots and drive it somewhere, you leave behind an empty public spot that cannot be occupied by anyone else, plus need to occupy a spot at your destination.


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

But, Fellow Voters! Surely, those Zipcars will salve the feeeeelings of the City Council members who have to DO something -anything! - to fix parking issues. Bonus! Zippies are green which makes or Dear Leaders on the Council appear more blessed and wise...... even though the majority of the Council, Plannng Staff, and City Hall employees would not dream of slumming with Zipcars, carpools, giving up their unreserved parking spaces paid for by others, much less ride a bicycle in the rain or hot weather, or set foot on the Palo Alto Shuttle buses or Stanford Margarita buses unless reporter and photograher was there.... or egads! give up their travel budgets for conferences and such out of town and state.


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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

@Oldster

Aren't there some kids on your lawn that need to be yelled at?


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