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#4901 Matt R.

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Posted 28 April 2022 - 07:32 PM

We host a 24 hour live webcam on our building, it’s been there since 2016. Sure didn’t cost $5000 and I’m sure it would be less now.

#4902 Mike K.

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Posted 29 April 2022 - 06:01 AM

The City of Victoria says it hopes to give drivers real-time information for on-street parking and parkade space availability by delivering it right to their smartphone or vehicle.

Currently, the only way for a driver to find out whether a city parkade is full is to look at digital signage at the parkade’s entrance.

The city is exploring ways to eventually provide live, updated information about on-street and parkade spots through an app or in-vehicle smart tech, city spokesman Bill Eisenhauer told CHEK News Thursday.


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Aim a webcam at each physical reader. Set up a one page website with updated feed every minute. Like the highway cams.

There, done for $5,000.

Just install some digital signs, if you really want to provide numbers for incoming vehicles. Indicate if the volume is increasing or decreasing so drivers have a sense of demand and you’re done.

That’d be more helpful than arriving downtown and checking your phone while driving.

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#4903 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 April 2022 - 06:04 AM

“Hey Siri, which downtown Victoria parkade has empty spaces?”
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#4904 Ismo07

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Posted 29 April 2022 - 01:29 PM

The City of Victoria says it hopes to give drivers real-time information for on-street parking and parkade space availability by delivering it right to their smartphone or vehicle.

Currently, the only way for a driver to find out whether a city parkade is full is to look at digital signage at the parkade’s entrance.

The city is exploring ways to eventually provide live, updated information about on-street and parkade spots through an app or in-vehicle smart tech, city spokesman Bill Eisenhauer told CHEK News Thursday.


https://www.cheknews...spaces-1018515/

Aim a webcam at each physical reader. Set up a one page website with updated feed every minute. Like the highway cams.

There, done for $5,000.

 

There is a lot more complexity to this than just use the current counters.  They really aren't that accurate as the parkade has many uses.  There are spaces for motorcycles, Modo car share, accessible spaces, EV chargers, even small vehicle spots as well as some reserved spaces.  Say a parkade is full and 3 motor cycles, 2 EV and a Modo come out, this triggers 6 available spaces in the facility.  It's a problem when 6 cars drive in to find those spaces.  Some bicycles riding in potential can trigger the loops as well.  Like the best counter system will be cameras inside the facility focused on these specialty spaces as well as something that helps count each floor.  End of the day the hope is that we keep spaces available at most times with pricing and options a little outside the downtown core.  We will come up with something but love the input.



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Posted 29 April 2022 - 02:20 PM

Whatever the app, it needs to be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible with a simple, easy to read grid of parkades and free spaces.


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#4906 Mike K.

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Posted 29 April 2022 - 05:39 PM

Are we sure we just don’t need counters at a few entry points into downtown?

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#4907 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 05:34 AM

Designed by Kasian and 5468796 Architecture, the building design allows for conversion of the space into commercial and/or residential uses through considerations that make it unique among parking structures—notably, increasing floor-to-ceiling heights by one and half times that of traditional parkades and the addition of a central atrium that invites natural light through the full height of the building.

 

 

Parkade+%2B+Innovation+Center-5790_Web.j

 

 

https://www.calgarym...avenue-se-intro

 

 

 

VIDEO:   https://youtu.be/72h1nsOnP_U


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#4908 Ismo07

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 12:38 PM

Designed by Kasian and 5468796 Architecture, the building design allows for conversion of the space into commercial and/or residential uses through considerations that make it unique among parking structures—notably, increasing floor-to-ceiling heights by one and half times that of traditional parkades and the addition of a central atrium that invites natural light through the full height of the building.

 

 

 

 

Yeah I saw presentation on it...  $$$


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#4909 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 June 2022 - 11:52 AM

Do you think the Atrium building could offer paid parking, from 5:30pm to 8am daily, and all weekend, to downtown resident parkers that want a secure place?

 

I've been told they have only ever had one known car break-in there, as security is pretty darned good (much better than City parkades).



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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:19 AM

What started as a private dispute between neighbours has blown into a public conflict between Langford politicians, escalating an already tense working relationship.

 

At the root of the dispute is a street parking spot that, by law, no single resident owns.

 

In 2020, Coun. Lillian Szpak’s son and daughter-in-law Michael and Tanya Sunshine, moved to a Langford cul-de-sac. Their house had no driveway, but according to Szpak, the previous owners had an agreement with a neighbour for a right of way. The neighbours no longer wanted that agreement, so the Sunshines applied for a permit to build a driveway, and while construction was underway, they parked on the street.

 

What ensued was a drawn out parking and bylaw-related conflict between neighbours about shoulder parking, boulder placement and removal, and emergency vehicle access. The dispute also involved Coun. Matt Sahlstrom, a friend of the neighbours Ed and Nichole Court.

 

Things escalated last May to the point that Szpak said she was afraid for her family, and she emailed Westshore RCMP Commander Todd Preston to voice her concern.

 

That contact has landed Szpak in hot water on council, because Szpak was then chair of the city’s Protective Services Committee. That committee covers policing and bylaw, the two issues at stake in the conflict. Szpak says she reached out to Preston as a citizen—she did use her private email—but some of Langford council see it differently.

 

 

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 02 July 2022 - 06:21 AM.


#4911 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:26 AM

What kind of a house has "no driveway"?


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#4912 Barrrister

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:32 AM

Looks like street parking permits for between 2AM to 700Am are back on the radar. They are tossing around the idea of charging $100 a month to start. Huge revenue generator. Would encourage bus and bicycle usage.

 

Pretty good idea that interlocks with the city;s goals of increasing bicycle and bus transport. More important "free" money.



#4913 Nparker

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:46 AM

Just another tax increase as part the CoV's ongoing war on cars.
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#4914 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:52 AM

Looks like street parking permits for between 2AM to 700Am are back on the radar. They are tossing around the idea of charging $100 a month to start. Huge revenue generator. Would encourage bus and bicycle usage.

 

Pretty good idea that interlocks with the city;s goals of increasing bicycle and bus transport. More important "free" money.

 

I do not know where your information comes from.  This will never work, voters will never accept it.  And that $100 figure can't even possibly be on the radar.  No city has fees that high (most top out around $50mo.).


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#4915 Barrrister

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 07:03 AM

Did not say that voters will ever like it but I am not sure that has ever sopped the bright lights on council. Obviously a possible after election city improvement that will please a segment of the voter base. pretty sure the 100 would be compromised down to 50 (there everyone now happy, it is only 50)



#4916 pontcanna

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 07:19 PM

Just another tax increase as part the CoV's ongoing war on cars.

 

A Langford cul-de-sac is in the City of Victoria?


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#4917 Redd42

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 08:37 PM

A Langford cul-de-sac is in the City of Victoria?

 

NParker is commenting on Barrister's comment about over night street parking permits. I'm assuming from past posts that Barrister lives in the City of Victoria and is talking about the City of Victoria streets.


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#4918 mbjj

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 12:44 PM

What kind of a house has "no driveway"?

Clare St., off Oak Bay Ave. I've a feeling there are others around here

 

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#4919 aastra

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 01:02 PM

Front driveways would typically be scarce wherever there's a lane behind the houses.


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#4920 aastra

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 01:04 PM

 

...would typically be scarce...

 

Or at least they should be.



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