Parking Meter UX

How many ID numbers and “no parking” rules (with different dates) can Charlottetown pack onto a single parking meter?


David Fleming's picture
David Fleming on July 15, 2021 - 21:40 Permalink

That design is truly awful. From a car it looks like you simply aren’t allowed to park there, even though mostly you are.

Jarek's picture
Jarek on July 16, 2021 - 15:36 Permalink

I don't know in this case, but defaulting to most restrictive on road signs is often by design. It is thought better to have sign combinations saying "no parking except on Monday through Saturday" rather than "parking allowed except on Sundays". This is because if you don't see or read the details and only go by the big sign, you're not going to do the thing being forbidden.

As another example, consider "do not enter, except bicycles" vs "two-way, but only for bicycles".

In this particular case, perhaps it would have been easier to just close the road to cars on those summer Sundays? No signs on meters needed.

Andrew's picture
Andrew on July 15, 2021 - 22:11 Permalink

That’s brutal. Charlottetown loves to slap signs on everything.

Speaking of signs, I walked into a small shop the other day. The clerk quickly asked me to wait outside, they have a limit of one customer. I missed the sign on the door because it was mixed in with 12 other signs. It was intense, but like the cluster you shared in this post.

vbj's picture
vbj on July 16, 2021 - 11:24 Permalink

Also, limbo zones of dates: June 28-30 and September 27-30...

Jarek's picture
Jarek on July 16, 2021 - 15:29 Permalink

None of these limbo dates are Sundays in 2021. But yeah, it would perhaps have been nice to have the signs have the same dates...