|Overton's and Harbor Lights customers park in their lot and make liberal use of the city-owned lot across the street. Should they be parking in the road too?|
It took a combined effort of numerous advocates to get striping on Seaview Avenue this summer. The goal was to create a street that can be part of a safe, family-friendly bike route between SoNo and the beach.
Now, some of that success is being thrown into question. When the repaving and restriping work was completed, yellow paint that had indicated no-parking along part of Seaview went away. For the past few months, some drivers have been using the curb space as parking. The city recently placed "No Parking" signs to remind drivers to keep the curb clear, especially so as not to create a safety hazard for bikes. As a result, the priorities of the road have been thrown into question.
A few businesses along the road, including Overton's / Harbor Lights, the East Norwalk Boat Club and the Pastime Club, want the space for on-street parking. This despite the fact that the Seaview corridor is already lined with parking lots and Overton's has essentially appropriated the parking lot from the city park across the street.
Seaview Avenue is an essential part of the cycling corridor connecting SoNo and the beach. Much work has been done to improve this corridor and much work remains to be done. It is short-sighted to take away from a resource that serves all of Norwalk by putting in a few just-in-case parking spots.
The Traffic Authority will meet on Monday, November 21, to consider the issue. Every able-bodied believer in a bike route between SoNo and the beach should be there. The meeting will be from 4:00pm to 4:15pm at the Norwalk Police HQ in SoNo...although I have a feeling this meeting may go long.