Nelson carshare coordinator Colleen Doyle says complainers don't own the street parking in front of their houses.

LETTER: Carshare has the parking blues

Nelson's carshare coordinator says people don't own the parking spaces on their street.

In the past two years the Kootenay Carshare Cooperative has had to relocate four vehicles due to parking complaints from neighbours. Our vehicles are parked in a block where a member lives (and would have their own car) but not always right in front of the correct house since over 150 people in Nelson are potentially driving that car.

Our office has received irate messages about our vehicles being parked in “their” spot. However, street parking is city-owned land and it’s not a right of the property owner to have the spot in front of their house. On top of that, they should be happy to see a Carshare vehicle on their block because it is replacing five to ten vehicles in the vicinity and actually making parking more available in the area.

Members are sacrificing convenience by walking perhaps several blocks to participate in a program that is affordable, versatile and reduces our environmental footprint. The complainants are having to park maybe a car length out of the way. This letter is a plea to all Nelson residents to take a moment before complaining about the Carshare vehicle being parked in “your” spot and take a moment to think about all of the benefits carsharing provides our community.

We are providing affordable alternatives to private vehicle ownership for people to access essential services in our region. We are contributing to community health and safety by promoting active transportation, increasing street safety and access to recreation and social opportunities. Finally, we are fostering a community of sharing that increases peer networks, innovation and resiliency. Hooray for Carshare! To leave some positive feedback please contact us at info@carsharecoop.ca. For more information on how to become a member visit our website at carsharecoop.ca.

Colleen Doyle

Kootenay Carshare Cooperative

Just Posted

Trafalgar student hit by car while walking to school

The 13 year old lost two teeth and suffered head injuries

Expedia: Nelson is historic and hoppin’

The travel website put Nelson on two best-of lists for its history and beer

Faust faces challenger in RDCK Area E

In Area F, Tom Newell is elected by acclamation

New tennis courts opening Saturday at LVR

The multi-sport facility will be open to the public

Mayoral races in Kaslo, Silverton, Salmo, and New Denver

Slocan mayor acclaimed for second term

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

World Anti-Doping Agency reinstates Russia

There was no mention of Russia publicly accepting a state-sponsored conspiracy to help its athletes win Olympic medals by doping.

Nanaimo’s Tilray pot stock continues rising, firm now worth more than $21 billion US

The B.C. company’s shares have risen more than 1,000 % since its initial public offering in July

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Most Read