Resident questions Avenue E parking ban – Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor;

Along with others who live on Avenue E, I have concerns about banning parking on one side. City Councilman Bowker notes that “safety trumps convenience”. I have to agree, but rather than the safety of our car mirrors, I think it’s the safety of those crossing the street to reach their homes; the safety of the parked cars suffering major damage once cars travel at greater speeds; and, the safety of north-sided property once car speed increases.

The Daily Democrat article on Nov 19th states that traffic was counted from 300 to 1300 Avenue E at an average of 4,078 cars daily. I have to question that data when I realize there are only 11,000 people living in all of Fort Madison. Part of that 11,000 are too young to drive, don’t drive and don’t even own a car. Granted there will be some travelers who don’t live here, but nevertheless the number 4,078 seems astronomically high and, therefore, suspect. Additionally, that data says nothing about the remaining part of Avenue E, which is included in the proposed law.

Secondly, there is some cost to the city in police-time and making/installing street signs even with the money brought in by ticketing illegally parked citizens.

Thirdly, I am not convinced there is a need. In the 5 years I’ve lived on Avenue E I have seen only one accident hitting a car on the north side; no cars were parked on the south side. This is a small town and people have learned to politely travel to accommodate parking. After all, this is Iowa and our streets don’t need to be like Houston accommodating 40mph drivers.

Lin Cramer,
Fort Madison

3 thoughts on “Resident questions Avenue E parking ban – Letter to the Editor

  1. I try not to drive down ave E because of the tight squeeze.its always a close call.i know several people who live on ave E and wont park on it anymore after multiple hit and run and side swipes.
    Banning parking on ave E is a great was a great idea when the city banned parking on ave H and ave L back on the 70s or 80s..

  2. During the last few months heavy traffic on Avenue E was noticeable – due to re-routing Avenue H traffic under construction,, The bypass could have/should have been used to enter various parts of the City instead of allowing semis and construction vehicles to go down Avenues E and F – Avenue F is in very sad shape already and will have yo be resurfaced soon – at which time it could be used going West as it is now to enter Fort Madison.
    Since Avenue H is now re-opened traffic is back to normal numbers. I am glad we live on the North side as I would not want to inconvenience neighbors by parking in front of THEIR property. Most homes have minimum of 2 cars, and many do not have alley access parking. I would much rather see Avenue E one way going EAST – out of town, like our main street district- Avenue G – It was changed to allow parking on either side with ample room for traffic flow. As often happens we were not allowed to vote on this major change and the first we knerw of it was after the first vote. After sharing my opinion it was – thanks for your ideas and they have probably been considered but their mindset was to let the homeowners haggle for parking spaces and not put the responsibility on ones who need it placed on their shoulders – the drivers, .

  3. 90% of people that drive down ave E think this is great idea.
    90% of people who live on ave E think its a bad idea.
    seeing how drivers on ave E out number residents that live on ave E, 100 to 1 its obviously a great idea.
    Making ave E a one way is just a bad idea..all roads on east end of town are one way but ave E and H.
    Ave E is plenty wide enough for 2 way traffic, just not enough for parking on both sides.
    ave E used to have a trolley train that went down it and is why its so wider than other east end streets.
    The safety on this street is more important than insufficient parking.

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