Even electric vehicles need parking spots


In Montreal, we are entering the final weeks of municipal election campaigns. The two main candidates vying for mayor of the city are locked in a virtual tie. Promises are coming fast and furious.

The incumbent, Valérie Plante, is hoping to hang on to her mayor’s seat, but her opponent, Denis Coderre, whom she defeated four years ago, is back and making life tough for her. Plante has often been depicted as being anti-car. This is a criticism (or platitude depending on one’s position) that has been leveled at her since day one. And with good reason.

With many merchants in the downtown core just hanging on through the pandemic, many having already succumbed, restricting access seems counter-productive

Madame Plante has a grandiose plan for downtown Montreal that calls for, among other things, more pedestrian access and less vehicular ease, including the eradication of thousands, yes, thousands, of parking spots. With many merchants in the downtown core just hanging on through the pandemic, many having already succumbed, restricting access seems counter-productive.

Montreal, for all of its European flair, is still firmly attached to car-loving North America. Attempting to force motorists, to abandon their cars and take public transit to go downtown, by making it almost impossible to park, will only lead to those shoppers going to malls with free parking.

No one can dispute the environmental damage done by vehicles. But with promises and decrees to switch from gas-powered to electric vehicles around the world hopefully this harm will be greatly reduced within the next decade or so. As electric vehicles become the main conveyance, and old-fashioned gas guzzlers are retired, surely some environmental damage can be reduced.

Even in a world that sports nothing but clean electric transportation, drivers will have to put those vehicles somewhere

However, the problem with electric vehicles (aside from what to do to make battery life longer, and then what to do with those batteries) is that just like gas and diesel-powered cars, you have to put them somewhere. Even in a world that sports nothing but clean electric transportation, drivers will have to put those vehicles somewhere. But if there are no parking spots, whether the potential downtown consumers are in electric, gas, or maple syrup-powered cars, if they can’t park them conveniently, they won’t go downtown.

The elimination of parking for vehicles in the downtown core, including electric cars and trucks, is a death knell for the community.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

One thought on “Even electric vehicles need parking spots

  1. Could not agree more. Madame Plante doesn’t seem to care that a huge number of Montrealers are too old to ride bikes, may be young mothers trailing several kids, may have bad knees, hips, etc., or may want to pick up lots of groceries, a new computer or microwave, or something else that won’t fit on the back of a bike. We also deal with a five month winter where bikes are not much help. You can guess she didn’t get our vote! Lin

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