With 1.2 million drivers coming to D.C. daily for work and only 17,000 metered spaces to go around, it may not be surprising the 1300 and 1400 blocks of L St. NW, right in the heart of the business district, are the city’s most ticketed areas.
AAA says part of the reason why the area has the highest concentration of parking tickets in the city is because metered parking spots have been replaced with bike lanes.
“The bike lanes have taken up all the parking spaces,” says Mike Busch.
For starters, if you're plan for work parking is metered parking then you're doing it wrong. Then, while it is true that ~150 parking spaces (that weren't available during rush hour) were removed for the L Street bike lane, it turns out that is not "all the parking spaces". Including parking on the other side of the street, there are also parking spaces on all the cross streets and in numerous parking garages in downtown. I'd be surprised if the parking removed accounts for even 5% of the total parking in the area.
And you know what the main reason for all the parking tickets is? Drivers who illegally park. Even if there are fewer parking spaces, that's still the problem. Is AAA arguing that otherwise law-abiding citizens have been driven to crime because they can find metered parking?
You know what would free up metered parking spaces? Higher parking fees and more biking. I wait for AAA to get behind those things.