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If you have your license then you obviously know how to park. But why does it take so long for students who are commuting to campus to find a parking spot and what is the reason for the categorizing of spots?
As this new semester starts so does the task of waking up early to get to campus way before classes start to find a parking spot no matter where it is. You then must also make sure you get to class on time even if you find a spot in the farthest lot from your class.
At every CCBC campus they have signs that state who can park where and each parking space is colored either red or white. The red is for the faculty and staff and the white is for everyone else.
Something that may happen a lot is that people who come to campus everyday may not realize that guests rarely check online to see where they can park.
If a guest or visitor is just coming to look around and not for a specific event they may park in the wrong spot and could get some sort of penalty even though they might not be familiar with the parking rules. There is no clear indication of what the colored parking spots mean on the signs that say who can park where.
But something that does need to stay the same and something that should be added is having designated spots for people who are disabled and things like CCBC transit buses, MTA buses, electric car charging stations and spots for people who will only be gone for maybe an hour at the latest.
Mostly everyone that drives to one of the campuses is probably a student or a teacher. It is not likely there are multiple guests coming in and out of campus every single day.
Therefore, everyone should be able to park where there is an open space.
There have been times where the parking lots have been in a log jam because people are waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot. Problems also occur when people are waiting in line as everyone tries to hunt down an empty spot, someone's leaving campus, or people are contemplating whether or not to turn left, right, or straight because there may be a spot opened that they can’t see.
Even if a student leaves super early to make sure they get to campus on time to find a parking spot and to get to class, they may still have trouble because there is a limited number of spots for students on each campus, though there are more students than professors. And if a student is late because they can’t find a spot they could miss half of the class.
It also is hard for people to really notice a spot that is open because there are so many different types of cars on campus. A small car next to a really big truck is definitely misleading because you may think it’s an open spot so students often prepare to turn into it but as they do they realize that it’s not and then they have all of these people behind them getting angry because they made a mistake and now they have to fix it.
Getting rid of the designated parking spots should make it easier and less stressful for everyone. There hopefully won’t be as many close calls and accidents from people fighting for a parking space.
It just makes sense for everyone who is a student and/or faculty to be able to park where there is an opening but still have designated spots for those who have a disability, for MTA Bus drop offs and pickups, CCBC transit buses, people who won’t be on campus for longer than an hour, and campus police.
Having it like this will make it so much easier and safer for everyone. The reason why is because no one will have to look out for the red and white lines especially when they are rushing to get to class. And the guests will also not have to worry about getting a ticket especially if they will be more than an hour on campus.