Parking garage nightmare has easy traffic flow fix
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 00:09
Like a lot of you, I drive and park on campus. I have used the parking garages more this year than ever because of their proximity to my classes and I must say I hate them.
Not because they are dirty or fume-filled or even crowded, because they can be all of those things, but because they are chaotic.
I know all of you who have parked in them know what it's like in the 20 minutes either side of class: pure anarchy and spot stalking. I can not believe there aren't more accidents in them.
Honestly, I wish parking services would come in and change them all to one direction garages. Currently you can enter a garage and decide to go right, left, or up.
Some people will fly as fast as they can in the opposite direction most cars are going to try and jump in line to steal a spot or go up the ramp.
They cause the congestion that we all scream about and beat up our poor steering wheels over. If every garage had a one way directional pattern, I believe that things would flow smoother in the most hectic of times.
If the direction was to the right, a person could enter a garage and go right until the ramp that leads to the next level.
If they want to go up they could. Or they could stay on the same level.
If the go up, they go up and again can go to the right and either bypass the ramp to stay on that level, go back down a level on the left side, or go up.
Repeat until the top is reached where the only option is to go down.
This would stop the current debacle of people waiting from all directions to go up and no one being allowed to go down a level or even back out of a space.
This would keep cars moving and decrease the amount of traffic that backs up onto FGCU Boulevard just before most classes start and end.
I can't believe this hasn't been done yet.