(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Purchased my home with 365 day a year on street parking,would have never moved here if it was not for the ability to park on the street. Have a progressive medical condition,cerebral [brain] degeneration which affects my walking & speaking. Must use a cane or a walker for mobility & as the condition progresses it will be a wheelchair.
2013 – Applied for & received handicap parking zone at my home,bike lanes installed not long after.
2015 – JUNE Received parking ticket that city cancelled with a letter stating that my handicap parking zone was valid because it was established before the bike lanes were installed.
2019-MAY Received 2 parking tickets that were cancelled by Jon Paske, Parking Authority Supervisor with a hint?,threat?, this isn’t over.I left with the impression of being personally targeted.
2019 – AUGUST Letter issued by Doug Vincent, city Bylaw & Enforcement Manager. I quote from the letter “due to traffic safety concerns” I will no longer be able to park in handicap parking zone or anywhere on the my street from May 1st to November 14th.
Aparrently my personal safety is of no concern to the city. Have been parking in the same spot for 6 years & now it’s a safety concern,its not surprising I feel targeted. Like the sign says city picks on Natives & Disabled, systemic discrimination.
Bottom line is I purchased my home with 365 day a year street parking and now that I am disabled it is even more important and even more so in the future. Is this the way the city treats its disabled citizens?
Another issue that I think citizens should address as a group is if you lose 7 ½ months of street parking because of bike lanes,I would assume your property value & saleability goes down and you can only park on the street 4 ½ months of the year, did your taxes go down? City with a giant heart I think not.
– A REAL Concerned Citizen.