Ottawa’s transportation committee is holding off on installing parking meters in the community of Westboro for the time being.
There is not enough traffic in the boutique-filled, pedestrian-friendly area to warrant a switch to paid parking, according to a city study discussed at a transportation committee meeting Wednesday morning.
However, councillors on the committee said they did not like that free parking in Westboro would be inconsistent with the rest of Ottawa.
Pedestrians who spoke to CBC News argued they prefer that inconsistency.
"I wouldn't be too happy about that," said Jamie Burnnet, "I only have a few seconds to grab a coffee in the morning. I guess I would end up having to put a coin in the meter."
Business owner argues against parking meters
Simply Biscotti owner Rosa Pino has one location on Preston Street, where there are parking meters, and another location in Westboro.
"I don't have anyone (in Westboro) saying that they can't find parking," she said. "It's the hassle that you have to have that loonie or have your credit card to be able to run in to grab a cup of coffee."
The city’s transportation committee voted Wednesday morning to follow staff recommendations and not install parking meters just yet.
However, committee member Mathieu Fleury said meters in Westboro are going to be installed in a matter of time.