Parking getting crowded in downtown Maple Ridge

Residents who are living in the new condos don’t have enough spaces below the buildings for all their vehicles, so they park on the road.

Some vehicles are parking too close to the end of residents’ driveways.

As more people pack into the city, parking problems pop up.

On Burnett Street, between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road, two new recent condo buildings have put more cars on to the streets.

That’s OK for resident Dale Hunter, who lives in a house across from the new buildings. But she would like some help from the City of Maple Ridge in easing some of the issues.

“I’m not mad at these people. I’m mad at city hall. It’s their responsibility to fix this problem.”

Hunter said that residents who are living in the new condos don’t have enough spaces below the buildings for all their vehicles, so they park on the road.

Often those vehicles park too close to the end of Hunter’s driveway, making it difficult for her to see down the road.

While signs are posted that tell motorists they can’t park within three metres of a driveway, it still happens.

Hunter would like the city to paint lines on the road indicating where the parking lane ends to protect space in front of driveways. That would make it easier for everyone to figure out where to park.

The issue is ruining relations with her neighbours. Two weeks ago, when she parked her own car on the road, someone put dog excrement into her sunroof. Another neighbour had his car smeared with it.

“I want people to get along really nice. It’s a nice neighbourhood,” she said.

“I shouldn’t have to be afraid.”

She suggests making one side of Burnett Street for cars and the other side for trucks.

The city knows about the parking issues.

“We have done several patrols and issued several tickets,” said Robin McNair, with the city’s bylaw department.

She said it’s up to the city’s engineering department to decide whether to paint lines on the road.

“In our experience, having yellow lines really doesn’t help.”

Roads are public places and anyone can park their vehicle anywhere, she said, providing they follow the parking restrictions posted.

 

Just Posted

Maple Ridge senior facing homelessness at the end of the month

Jean Ticehurst can’t find affordable housing

Debate goes on about nutrition and autism in Maple Ridge

Spoke Wednesday at the Chrysta Learning Centre

UPDATE: Car plunges down embankment in Maple Ridge

Two people injured in morning incident

New rail underpass and overpass comes with costs

Pitt Meadows residents will see 0.75 per cent tax increase for rail crossings

Dewdney Trunk Road closed, vehicle crashes

Happened in early evening, injuries unknown

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read