Encouraging a car culture

On the weekend of January 8 and 9 I had the pleasure of visiting your fine city with a hockey team.

On the weekend of January 8 and 9 I had the pleasure of visiting your fine city with a hockey team.

On the evening of the 8th, I parked the bus in the upper parking lot. The parking spot I chose met the four points that I look for when parking the bus: 1) Are there signs saying no parking? 2) Is there clearance for emergency vehicles? 3) Is the bus blocking anyone? 4) Can the bus be blocked in? In my opinion all four points were met.

On the morning of the 9th, I parked in the same place, checking that the four points above were met. After a short time a person came to me and asked me to move the bus. When asked why, he said the complex manager wanted it moved. But, I said, I had parked there the night before and had no problem and asked him if it was in the way. He just said she wanted it moved and I could park in the lower lot.

Now this lower lot is not a good place to try and turn a large motor coach around in, especially when there are other cars and snow around.

After moving the bus I regretted the move and wished I had said no and waited for the result. I can only conclude that the city of Nelson and the Nelson and District Community Complex do not want visitors to the NDCC to come by bus as there is no good designated place to park a bus. It appears to me that Nelson would prefer visitors come by car.

Don Porter


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