Parents' Parking Spaces Please
Original post made by Parent on Dec 13, 2007
on Dec 13, 2007 at 9:52 am
This is an interesting, creative idea. I remember struggling with the same thing years ago when my kids were small and in carseats. It's esp. challenging for a pregnant woman with a young child.
I have always driven compact to medium sized cars and it is tough to get out even now with huge vehicles parked so close, looming over my car, with these monster sized doors. If you have three or more kids/people to transport, I have no issue with it, but one rarely sees that situation. Usually, it's one mom and one child. Some people park their huge vehicles in spots that clearly cannot contain them (I agree this may be more of an issue about how the parking lot was designed).
Considering the environmental impact and price of gas/petrol, what is the future? Are people going to continue their Hummer and Porsche SUV purchases or will everyone soon be in cars like the Prius? That will have a secondary impact on ease of other people being able to easily park/get in and out of the car.
on Dec 13, 2007 at 11:18 am
Lets not make this a discussion on the size of the car ! Lets stick to the point made by the original poster ..
Whether its a compact or a hummer - "parents" parking spaces would be a delight. I have struggled in the situations mentioned in the above posts before [the worst was - when I was pregnant, parked my tiny little car in the downtown and came back to find that the door would not open wide enough to let me in from the driver's side - there was no way I could have slid into the driver's seat from the passenger side and I had no option but to wait for 45 minutes till the driver of the other car came by (and apologized profusely .. which was not quite expected since had had parked within the boundaries)]
IKEA has such family spaces right upfront. I have seen parents without children in the car park in these spaces .. yes, they do have child-seats in the car, but there are no children in the car at the time they are parking in the family spots.
How will this be enforced is the big question ! Relying on people's own judgment about doing the right-thing?
on Dec 13, 2007 at 11:49 am
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