Our team did not feel it was right to take up a parking spot since Middlebury doesn't have meters. Instead Lazor has created pedestrian crossing flags that are available at crosswalks for pedestrians, in a "share-the-road" effort.
Above & Beyond Transportation Challenge
Make a park in a parking space.
PARK(ing) Day is a yearly event where participants from around the world work together to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: makeshift public places for people, rather than hangouts for cars.
When we work to change ideas and expectations about how transportation happens in our communities, we often talk about getting cars to "share the road" with cyclists and pedestrians - as if our roadways were built specifically FOR cars, and they're somehow being nice and generous by giving up a little bit of their space for "alternative" ways of getting around. Instead, what if cars were only one of many transportation options, and all that street space we give up for parking could be reclaimed for other public uses? Not a bad idea, is it, my darlings? So let's do a little creative reclaiming!
- Get a group of friends, some lawn chairs, a table, maybe a few potted plants or even some sod.
- Also make sure you've got a fistful of quarters!
- Make sure you know the dimensions of on-street parking spaces in your community.
- Find an empty parking space on the street and make yourself a temporary park!
- Invite the media! Be sure you have a good explanation for WHY you're making a park!
- Take lots of photos!
- Share what happens!
Read more about the international event knowns as Park(ing) Day.