WATCH: Mayoral candidate wants a parking ban on main downtown streets

Candidate David Soknacki says it would improve traffic flow and would free up space for cycling

David Soknacki
(Canadian Press)

One of the candidates for Mayor of Toronto is pitching the idea of a parking ban on main streets downtown, and what he refers to as 'the arterial roads.'

David Soknacki says it would achieve two objectives: better flow of traffic and it would "free up real estate to allow for cycling."

He's not sure but he believes this would eliminate thousands of parking spaces on downtown streets from Bloor to the Lake, between Jarvis Street and Spadina Avenue.

The 'no street parking ban' would be in effect 24-7, but Soknacki says he would phase it in.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the public works committee says this would cause a financial hit to the city because of lost parking meter revenue. Besides, Minnan-Wong believes that if parking is taken away from business-lined roads, those businesses and residents will be very vocal.

Newstalk1010's Russ Courtney reports:

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  1. Mark posted on 06/20/2014 08:59 AM
    This idea is not without merit, but why do we always have to talk in absolutes? Ban all parking on all major streets all the time. It seems like the quick, off the cuff answer to trying to solve a problem. Maybe it is the right answer, but I don't believe that it was arrived at through actual throughout, study and analysis. Perhaps we have to ban parking only on certain streets. Maybe only at certain times. I am tired of the response from City Councillors always being to ban things (plastic bags, pit bulls, etc. etc.). Well reasoned solutions that specifically target the problem are always more useful to society.
    1. Ken posted on 06/20/2014 09:39 AM
      @Mark Ya that's it stop the very people who generate the money for roads with gas tax and parking fees to make room for non paying bikes of course the traffic flow will be better as there will not be any traffic other then the people driving in and out of work. I have an idea to replace some of the lost revenue, lets require all cyclists over the age of 16 to be licensed this way the police can start fining them for the traffic violations all of them commit and require the bikes to be plated they can also pay for parking at the lock up posts. It's time for them to stop getting a free ride at the cost of the very people who pay for the roads
    2. john posted on 06/20/2014 10:26 AM
      @Ken good ideal here is the problum

      the last politician who came up with that ideal . ( cant remember what province ) it never became law . it was a election year and he lost seat by a landslide . any politician who pulled that sense have done that have had the shortest career ever .
  2. Sonny posted on 06/20/2014 10:09 AM
    It is actually a good idea the question is how they deal with delivery vehicles and people who drop into the coffee shops. Things have gotten worse under the Ford Administration. "customer service excellence?!"
  3. justsaying posted on 06/20/2014 10:16 AM
    I have an even better solution to make up for the lost $. Why not charge all non 416 vehicles a toll to enter the city and destroy our roads.

    Imagine you have a driveway and you let your neighbor park on it for 20 years. Then when it needs to be re-paved, would it not be appropriate for the neighbor who is parked on it for 20 years to pay for it.

    Same with the roads. I'm sure those in the GTA do not use Peel Region roads 2% compared to how those in the 905 use the GTA's streets, highways etc - all offloaded onto the CITY by Mike Harris....

    So if the 905 put Harris and this draconian funding issue on our lap, let them pay.

    To those who say they would then not go to TO (cause it costs a Toonie or Loonie to get in) we say - Bye.

    It would fund everything and us GTA folks will stop paying out our tax dollars to support the roads those from the 905 abuse daily. And yes, Whitby can charge a toll if you want to enter it too... (but who'd actually pay to enter Whitby?)
    1. Sonny posted on 06/20/2014 10:29 AM
      @justsaying You could contact Sarah Thomson who talks about tolls and see if she could speak to your points. OR how about you run on it!
      I hope that David S. can get some attention and surpass Stintz who has not presented any more ideas and has been poo pooing Chow & Tory!
    2. justsaying posted on 06/20/2014 11:00 AM
      @Sonny Thanks Sonny. I am actually amazed that nobody has picked up this idea and run with it. Will totally resonate with all 416 voters and since this is an election for the CITY of Toronto - not the 905 - we could actually exercise our will and fix the city at the same time!
    3. angryfox posted on 06/20/2014 02:18 PM
      @justsaying You know 'your' airport is in the 905, right? Or that 'your' roads belong to the province, not your city. They were paid for by all Ontario citizens so get off your high horse. Hell half the GTA is in the 905.
  4. john posted on 06/20/2014 10:19 AM
    better ideal

    how about we ban his fat ass form the main street so traffic can move more freely . typical liberal jackass . just as dumb as a liberal voter .
    1. Gino posted on 06/20/2014 11:50 AM
      @john i have one better.
      conservative voters like you who didn't like the results of the election should kiss my smiling azz and for you here's my finger "stugatz" loser!
      you dumb cake.
    2. john posted on 06/20/2014 02:04 PM
      @Gino yea but i got to cut your balls off first .
    3. john posted on 06/20/2014 02:08 PM
      @john after i put a baseball bat to your ass and make u KO . like the liberal will do to u anyways u are just to stupid to see it coming . at lest i have the balls to tell u when i am going to do . they don't. .
  5. Dean posted on 06/20/2014 10:52 AM
    Great idea. Maybe we can get every second business and store knocked down so the bikes can easily move from one location to another.
    Maybe we can build tricycle lanes beside the bike lanes so kids can learn early and then build electric scooter lanes so the old people can go downtown and buy nothing.
    Dam Liberals.
  6. arthur posted on 06/20/2014 11:19 AM
    this guy won't win but he has some good ideas.
    i live in the general area he's talking about. whoever doesn't think at some point some drastic measures have to be taken regarding traffic downtown. It will happen!
    maybe not this exactly but elements of it just might be.
    if you want to bring your car into the city on wknds first off you're crazy and second you should be paying through your nose for parking if you do
  7. franklin posted on 06/20/2014 01:47 PM
    Pilot projects are needed now in the most obvious high-traffic spots that are only impeded by these parked cars. As the public sees traffic jams relieved, more people will support removing parking.

    But there is no point in arguing about it. Solutions must be attempted right now. Gridlock is about poor traffic decisions in force right now, and very little about transit schemes to be place in 20-30 years.
  8. FPSC posted on 06/20/2014 08:04 PM
    If Soknacki is concerned about congestion (which of course he isn't), then he will speak out about the detrimental of impact of mass immigration on our city. He knows perfectly well that more immigration leads to more cars on the street, more stress on our existing transit infrastructure, more demand for energy and more urban sprawl. This is on top of the fact that money that could be used to pay for expanded transit is being spent on endless programs to aid in the resettlement of unnecessary new immigrants. Think about that the next time any politician starts crying for more "revenue tools" to pay for public transit. On top of everything else, the irresponsible goons on city council have now decided to supply illegal immigrants with social benefits as well. We're supposed to trust them with more "revenue tools"?
  9. Angry Bill posted on 06/24/2014 12:10 PM
    Some of you guys are funny. You know what, that's like putting a sign on your store saying:

    Dear customer, We don't like you. We never have. In fact, we are going to charge you just to even enter our store. Now, once you're in our store, of course you will buy something.

    That store wouldn't be in business very long. Neither will Toronto.

    Sure, ban everything for the bikes. Ten years from now, you'll be envying downtown Detroit, wondering where the hell all the businesses went.
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