New zones with parking meters are going to be established in Juan-les-Pins, a small town of the French Côte d'Azur. From June 1 to September 20, the number of paid parking spaces will almost double (from 332 to 634).
Like in Antibes, the balance between paid and free parking on the road is going to be modified in Juan-les-Pins. With, however, a local exception: certain roads will be free on the off-season and paid from June 1 to September 30.
This is the case in the area extending from Guillaumont Boulevard to Baudoin Boulevard. To use one of these 302 spaces, one will now be required to pay 1 euro per hour, for an unlimited duration. Drivers benefit from a free first hour in the new paid parking zones, however, pre-existing paid zones will have no free period.
Inside the station, the paid zone will be expanded by 44 spaces. The first hour will be free, but the total parking duration will be limited to two hours. These conditions will be applicable from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to noon and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The rest of the time, it will not be necessary to feed the meters.
To benefit from the free hour, in the sectors where this measure applies, drivers should still enter their vehicle registration number into the machine. This news, presented by the mayor Tuesday before the council members of the Antibes-Coeur-de-Ville and Cap Coeur neighborhoods, was a unanimous decision: not a single voice spoke against it. Certain commercial agents and residents went even further, by calling for the expansion of this transportation policy to the rest of Juan-les-Pins, up to Wilson Boulevard.
Deputy Mayor Jean Leonetti, however, declared himself “against the principle of paid zones,” but promised to look into the case after the test period ends in September 2016.
“We can’t get people to behave properly there. There are even cars parked for days that are being repaired on the street. It’s anarchy,” insisted the residents. The chief magistrate recalled that 78 extra spaces are going to be created in the Courbet parking lot. They will be paid spaces only in the high season.
“We must find a way to limit medium and long duration parking in order to increase the rotation rate. I think that we have found it. Then it will be necessary to adjust it,” concluded the mayor.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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