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West End residents protest loss of parking to Mobi Changes to the neighbourhood may be compounding permit parking problem

Sarah Ripplinger — Westender

Residents at two apartment blocks in the West End are concerned about the loss of parking in their neighbourhood due to the installation of a Mobi bike station in front of their buildings and a looming construction project nearby.

“Parking is going to be catastrophic,” said Andre Perret, who collected signatures from 37 units at the low-rise apartment blocks of 1255 and 1288 Broughton St. to protest the bike station, which was installed on June 30.

“They put that rack in and the whole area is going to be under construction, so it’s going to be pretty bad for the next few years,” he said.

While a start date has yet to be set for the construction of the Mirabel condo development at 1345 Davie St., Perret anticipates that crews will cause an increase in traffic and fewer parking spaces in the area once it gets underway.

“Parking is already at a max,” he said, “and it’s going to get worse.”

After residents voiced concerns about the lack of permit parking in the area, the City of Vancouver reduced plans for the removal of three parking spaces for the Mobi station to two standard spaces of six metres each.

The city is installing Mobi stations every two to three blocks in the area bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue and Main Street to “maximize convenience and usage,” said Scott Edwards, manager of public bike share, in an email.

“Various factors are considered in the city’s review, including safe access… [and] proximity to designated cycling routes, transit hubs or popular destinations.”

The plan is to eventually relocate the station on Broughton Street to the Mirabel development once it’s completed in the coming years, Edwards added.

The condo development will also result in 20 fewer “resident parking permits issued to those living in the West End,” he said.

Nic Paolella, director of development with Marcon – which is developing the Mirabel condos – says the company worked with the city to incorporate a space for bike share, and will house the station on the Mirabel property, as opposed to a residential road, once construction is complete.

Perret sees the future relocation of the Mobi station as a win, but still dreads the coming years when there will be few permit spaces for local residents to drop off family members and park.

“It’s a low-rise neighbourhood that’s developing quickly into a high-rise neighbourhood,” said Perret, who has lived in his Broughton Street home for more than 10 years.

“I hope the city honours their commitment to remove that [bike] rack and place it permanently on the Mirabel property when it’s done.”



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