On November 5, 2018, the results from the October 2018 survey regarding comments and opinions surrounding the overnight parking restriction in Collingswood, NJ were shared with the Commissioners.
We had hosted the survey on this website for 30 days allowing anyone to leave their opinions on this topic with the question
What is the #1 biggest issue in regards to overnight street parking in Collingswood, NJ?
There were 140 responses to the survey.
The results were also shared with Police Chief Carey so that specific issues and ideas could be shared (without the participants’ contact information).
To Call In A Guest’s Vehicle Or To Call Your Own Vehicle Due While Waiting On Your Permit Or If Your Driveway Is Not Accessible:
Some data from the Poll Results
About the Survey Participants:
93% claim to be current residents of Collingswood.
Is There A Problem with Overnight Street Parking?
12% of Participants reported NO problem with the current system.
25% of Out-of-town participants reported no problem with the current system. 16% of Current Residents reported no problem with the current system.
Many Participants Had Specific Recommendations To Improve The Current System
Enforcement Being Uniform And Consistent Was The #1 Suggestion (20%)
10% of respondents said that better communication is needed. Whether it is more street signs, more notifications for new residents, or continued outreach into the community about the importance of the rule.
Another commonly mentioned problem is that the rule is spread across the town evenly, but that some areas need more enforcement in areas where visitors are parking in permit-only spaces, or areas that are not as densely populated also have issues with acquiring parking permits.
Other issues with the current system included:
- Technical problems when trying to call in a guest’s vehicle
- Short-term permits should be an option (when having work done at the home which limits access to a driveway or when students are on break)
- That the Borough’s website should be updated to allow for easy permit applications and reporting overnight guests
- That residents are concerned with how fairly permits are issued
- Suggestions that lines should be added to side streets with a high volume of street parking to maximize the area available to park and to avoid blocking driveways.
Residents Should Be Able To Park In Front Of Their Own Home
Was a common sentiment (9% of residents specifically mentioned this idea)
Why A Survey?
I am happy to be able to run the poll. I am proud to bring the information with me to meetings and share the opinions of those who take the time to share their thoughts and feelings based on their life experience- even if they differ from my own feelings on the matter.
The purpose of the survey is to provide anecdotal information to the town’s leadership. Many who shared their thoughts on the survey do come out for the BOC meetings and let their opinions be known via other methods. However, sometimes people are not able to do that. Furthermore, some may have the reluctance to reach out to the Commissioners directly for a variety of reasons. So thank you for trusting me with your ideas.
11% of Survey Respondents Think That Collingswood Should Do Away With The Overnight Parking Restriction.
What do you think? Add your thoughts to the comments below.