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No Parking anywhere!

Original post made by NoParking, Palo Alto Hills, on Jan 15, 2014

I just spent 15 minutes circling Cubberly trying to find a place to park to go to the library. It is completely packed including street parking. Not only is downtown severely overloaded, most areas of the city are becoming unbearable

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Posted by bike share
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

The city started a bike share system last year to help people get around town without the need for big expensive parking lots. Unfortunately, bike share is terribly underdeveloped with stations in only a couple of parts of town. If we added bike share stations to all the community centers and shopping centers in town, parking problems would be greatly simplified.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

It must be because of all the high density/stack and pack type housing, and underparked office buildings they've been opening on Middlefield around there, right?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

@Robert - Cubberly is busy because of all the services offered at that location. There is a theater, auditorium, library, day care, gym, sports fields, lots of different classes, etc. When there are special events at the theater, that can easily swamp the parking lot.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

And thanks to the city council delay, it is still a homeless shelter..

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Posted by NoParking
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I can't bike due to some foot problems, but it's hard to believe people think cycling is the answer - I haul so much around in my car. There's no theater event, just overloaded services here today.

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Posted by bike share
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Bicycling isn't the answer for everyone all the time, but if more people did it more of the time, then there would be a whole lot less parking problems around town. You can easily fit 10 bikes in the space needed for 1 car.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Many people can't, nor should they even try, to cycle for transportation. The parking issue is a real problem at Cubberley. I now void that place at all possible costs.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Street parking on Middlefield outside Cubberley is very dangerous. Cars are often double parked and doors open without looking for bikes or oncoming traffic. Quite often the parking lot is used by buses or for activities that appear to be not connected with anything going on in Cubberley (bike rides is one possible reason). The temporary library location is also part of the problem and one that was not expected to last this long. As soon as the library moves, it may be a little easier to park.

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