Prior to the sidewalk construction project, I confirmed with the town manager and the board of selectment that parking would continue to be permitted along Pond Street after the new curbs were installed. In fact, I have learned in subsequent conversations with Winchester Police officers that all four wheeles should be on the asphalt -- not up on the sidewalk or our lawn.
Unfortunately, most people seem unwilling to park on the street and instead choose to drive over the curb and park on the sidewalk or on the grassy strips -- despite the reflective posts on each end, this car parked right on my strip where I am trying to re-grow the grass.
It seemd that a simple solution to the ambiguity about where to park that will not only keep our sidewalks and grassy strips clear of cars but will also help calm traffic on Pond Street, would be to add a parking lane on the south side wherever the road is wide enough. It is certiainly wide enough in the streatch in front of our house (see my prior post on adding a parking lane). It would also cut down on people honking at our guests who park as they should on the street.
Here are a few other examples of how confused people are about parking...