By Bob Deziel
Alright, so normally I would start this piece by complaining about the atrociousness of people parking at UPEI, and then post pictures of said atrocities.
Not today, though. Today is a bit different. Why you ask? Simple answer: snow storms. The snow has reached ridiculous heights within the UPEI parking lots. Despite the valiant efforts of UPEI facilities management, there is still too much snow to handle, and this has led to it being piled into every corner of every parking lot. This has cut down on the number of parking spots available, forcing people to become… ahem… creative.
So I will highlight some of this creativity in the article, as well as a somewhat interesting situation in the CARI parking lot yesterday when UPEI played host to the provincial science fair. The results, in the CARI parking lot, were spectacular.
Of course, we still have our usual cars that make it more difficult for everyone. Nothing new here I suppose.
This was taken in the parking lot in front of KCI. Triple parking woes have been a constant throughout the semester, but yesterday was particularly bad. I found numerous instances of this behaviour.
Do you remember that creativity I mentioned earlier? Here’s a bright shining beacon of it. Note how this car looks like it’s parked perpendicularly in between the lines, because it is. However, the lines it’s parked over are actually just regular parking lines that have been partially covered by a snow mound. So, this entire line of cars made the best of a bad situation and all parked in parallel fashion. Genius!
To me, this picture represents the two mechanisms we may personally use to get through winter. The first, the jeep on the left, represents the “conquer winter” attitude. It will defeat whatever mounds of snow lie in its path. The second car, the one covered up, would rather spring be on its way soon. I’m with the second car on this point.
This car had a parking permit, but like so many others it probably had nowhere else to park. I noticed that security was not ticketing anyone that day, despite numerous people being parked illegally. I don’t blame them.
And, of course, what would this article be without someone parking in an obviously marked crosswalk? Please. Please stop this. I know that most parking lots were really bad, but the secondary CARI parking lot 50 feet away was half full and relatively well plowed. People need this space to walk across parking lots.
Okay, so now we get to the fun part: the CARI lot.
Yesterday UPEI hosted the PEI-wide Science Fair. This brings in a lot of people who may not be familiar with the campus through our parking gates, and may not know the lots as well as seasoned UPEI veterans. This leads to mass confusion. To illustrate how bad it was in this lot, I have made a representative diagram through Bing maps (yes, Bing maps does exist!), my wicked photoshop skills, and Comic Sans typeface:
This is a bird’s eye view of the CARI parking lot, with the rinks on the left side of the image. On the bottom of the picture near the middle you can see the primary entrance to the lot, which is currently flanked by two large mounds of snow. On the left side you’ll see a large empty space where no cars parked yesterday. The areas that I circled “parking in exits” indicate the lanes where cars should have been able to navigate in and out of the lot. However, because cars were blocking the entirety of the lanes, no one could exit that way. There were also many instances of triple parking.
Here’s that large awkward gap I pointed out in the map. The reason it exists is simple: if everyone leaves a wide enough space, everyone can get out. I get that. The lines were not too clear because many were covered by snow in the early morning, so when people were first filling the lot they were taking it easy and leaving room. This pattern did not continue with the rest of the lot.
So, I’m standing in front of the main gate, and drawn between the red lines is the lane you take to access the rest of the lot. As you can see, people treated this like the rest of the lot and parked here, despite there not being any parking spaces indicated. This made it hell for people to get out.
For roughly 50 cars, the area circled (and the area behind me where the photograph was taken) were the only ways out of the lot. Both other exit lanes were filled. Whoops!
More triple parking of course.
And even more triple parking! There were probably about 20 cars stuck between other cars. What a mess.
Another shot of the blocked lane. I circled where the gates are, and theoretically you should be able to navigate straight to the gate from where I’m standing. Not this time!
Oh did I mention triple parking? Because there was tons of it.
Thanks for the pictures, UPEI! I’ll see you all next year and good luck on your exams!