There are going to be fewer places to park in a Coldstream neighbourhood.
Council voted Monday to install a no parking zone on either side of Kidston Road from Linden Drive to Coldstream Creek Road as part of pathway development.
“There’s an overwhelming majority of people who want no parking signs and they have been told the no parking signs will apply to them as well,” said Michael Baker, director of engineering services.
A petition requesting a no parking zone was signed by 13 people who are concerned about congestion.
“I’ve seen people parking on Kidston when the Sovereign Park parking lot is full. It’s a relatively small lot,” said Coun. Richard Enns.
In his report, Baker indicated that this area of Kidston Road is fairly busy because of nearby residences, the elementary school, boat launches and nearby Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.
“Providing a no parking zone in this area will provide a safer, user-friendly shoulder that would be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists,” said Baker.
Coun. Doug Dirk believes a prohibition on parking in this area is necessary because a dedicated pathway for pedestrians is currently being constructed.
“If we’re putting in a bike lane, we’re opening up an invitation (for motorists) to park on the lane,” he said.
The decision to install no parking signs was unanimous (Coun. Peter McClean was absent).
“There’s a potential problem in a high-use area by Sovereign Park and we want to keep it open for safety reasons,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.