Editor: This business with snow removal downtown is getting serious and dangerous. I’m writing this letter as a very concerned resident of downtown Charlottetown who doesn’t want to see anybody get seriously hurt or killed.
My case in point happened last Friday night around suppertime. I wanted to stop at Subway for a healthy supper choice. The closest Subway to my Water St., Charlottetown home is the one next door to Cows on Queen Street.
What took place was the most dangerous parking situation I have ever seen in my 21 years as a driver. A snow bank that was at least waist deep blocked the parking spots in front of the Queen St. CIBC bank. Take note I’m 5’7.” I and numerous other drivers had to parallel park against the snow bank, close to a meter. We were walking flush with the traffic on the road because the snow bank gave us no access to sidewalks.
The snow ended at the crosswalk, so to feed our meters we had to walk to the crosswalk then walk back down. After I was getting back in my car I had to hold my door back as cars were passing close to me. I’ve never seen a situation parking wise that was so dangerous in my entire life.
What measures have to be taken to move this downtown snow? A death? I hope not. Take note I’m a former government garage worker. I know there are dedicated snowplow drivers and snow dump truck drivers and city crew as well. Some of these men are so dedicated to making our roads safer that they are willing to work all night long. Situations like this one make them look bad. Please treat our city parking spots with the same dedication that you give our streets.