Skip to main content

The Becker Recommendations

The 5 recommendations from Jessica Becker's Masters Thesis: these recommendations would aid travel demand management efforts to reduce car dependency at McMaster University, and would therefore assist  rehabilitation of effected natural areas. The five are:

  1. Discourage Single-Occupant Car Use Prior to Permit Assignment
  2. Actively Provide Transit Information with a Trial Pass
  3. Improved and Regular Recognition and Rewards
  4. Increased Number of Pre-Paid Parking Options
  5. Prohibit Increases to Parking Infrastructure and its Planning

For now let's look in detail at the final recommendation (#5):
"Finally, it must be noted that the addition of further infrastructure is not recommended. With the completion of the new stadium and its underground parking facilities, the number of parking stalls on the campus will be elevated to that of what they were prior to the construction of the new residences and other facilities. Providing more parking will make it easier for those already driving regularly to campus to park, and also risk the strong possibility that those who do not already drive will begin doing so since there will be that increased space (Litman, 2006). Within the university's own Campus Master Plan, the mandate is to provide "less than average" parking facilities, and this mandate should be referred to if or when the administration begins to consider the construction of a parking facility." (Becker 92)
Her conclusion that "there is sufficient parking space on the campus" is used to warn against "consideration regarding the construction of a parking garage on campus"; Clearly, supply of parking is seen as an incentive to drive. While Becker's recommendations are not looking at the problem of parking lots in a floodplain, the bulk of her research supports the admirable goals of reducing parking demand which could easily be applied to the floodplain problem in Zone M. Less people driving means less parking demand, which would free up space for other uses.

Other uses could include rehabilitated natural areas adjacent to the creek, with the support of local conservation agencies and biologists and students at the university. So far, Restore Cootes has had no official response from the university about our letter dealing with the zone M parking problems.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Urquhart Butterfly Garden speaker series

A lovely butterfly garden is the perfect setting for this annual speaker series. August 4, 2018, Guest speaker: Doreen Nicoll You cannot have Monarch Butterflies without milkweed.  Doreen Nicoll has recently become a heroine for monarch butterflies, by insisting on her rights to grow milkweed in her naturalized garden in Burlington. Doreen  Nicoll has long understood that garden with nature and not against her is the best thing for our planet. She also knows that native plants are great at attracting butterflies and bees of all species. Doreen will be the first presenter in the Summer Series at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden and her topic will be Monarchs and Their Milkweed and naturalized gardening. She has wealth of information and is fun as well! The session will begin at 11 am Saturday on August 4 and last approximately one hour.  Please bring a chair. If it rains the session will be cancelled. For more information about the Urquhart Butterfly Garden please visit ur

Slow Sign and Turtle Time

THEY SAY: Information Report: April 3, 2017 SUBJECT/REPORT NO: Rare Turtle Recovery, Wildlife Corridor Issues and Roads of Issue at Cootes Paradise (PW16024a) - (City Wide) Traffic Issues on Cootes Drive Traffic Operations & Engineering has been working with the Ward 13 Councillor on traffic signage along Cootes Drive. Four (4) traffic signs (with flashing lights) operating during turtle migration season will be installed in the spring of 2017. The migration period for turtles is generally around the months of June, early July and September but can vary due to weather conditions. The traffic signs are useful in alerting motorists of potential turtle crossings on that roadway. RESTORE COOTES SAYS: Is it working? Is there any evidence that it is helping turtles or even slowing vehicles? We're betting it has little to no impact - the light is always flashing, if turtles are present or not, the road is built for speed and it makes it dangerous to slow down. We hope

In the beginning

I've sometimes wondered how certain plants started growing in our yard. I'm guessing seed dispersal: the wind floats some through the air, sticky burrs caught on a racoon's fur drop as they pass through at night, a nuthatch drops some seeds from its tail-end while searching for bugs on the side of a tree. The methods of delivery are varied, but the process of growth continues with time and the right conditions - rain, sun, soil -  and the wind, the racoon, the nuthatch are forgotten like the seed itself. We see goldenrod, sumach, dogwood, and it appears as though nothing preceded this moment, this forest stands inexplicably before our eyes. This is the way too with social or environmental change. Generations of germination and growth. The fruits may come after the planter has long disappeared. Like a monarch butterfly migrating - it's the generation that begins the journey that makes it possible for the next generation to arrive. I feel a little of this with the