City of Walnut Creek Introduces Long-Term Street Parking

September 12, 2017 10:00 am · 27 comments

With plenty of parking available just a block or two from the core downtown Walnut Creek, the city is extending meter time limits to 10 hours on underutilized spaces.

Look for the purple meter poles to find out which ones are the 10 hour spaces.

Click on the image above to learn more.

TIFOKCIS September 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM

10hrs. so generous.

by the time folks park, walk to work, take elevators, punch clocks and work 8 with a hour lunch and reverse steps 1-5 they have have a few tickets over the course of a year, if they hurry everyday and all goes well.

More uptight, in a rush, stressed out humans, TY City of Walnut Creek.

King Archie the Invincible September 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Oh joy! The clowns in WC (water closet?) are tinkering with their parking again. It’s a good thing I boycott all downtown business there. Do you?

WC resident September 12, 2017 at 10:33 AM

I don’t understand why the garages would regularly be filled to capacity. That should only happen during peak seasons such as shortly before Christmas.

If the garages are getting filled up then it means the parking ratios are wrong and that the city should not be approving developments that have one parking stall for each 10,000 people in the building. (I know it’s not quite that bad but it sure seems like it).

It’s also possible the garages are priced too low, people park there, take the free shuttle to BART, and then go to work.

Original G September 12, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Have made it a point to avoid WC.

anon September 12, 2017 at 10:51 AM

@King Archie the Invincible – now you know where all that inflated parking costs go to… those little signs that explain the parking increase and now painting and restructuring the system. Their info-graph doesn’t include the surcharge that ParkMobile takes too.

Boycott WC September 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Ive been boycotting downtown WC for years, parking rates keep going up.
No loss though as i just moved out of concord and am now farther away from WC, good riddance.

Shoulda Coulda September 12, 2017 at 10:59 AM

All the Walnut Creek parking whiners are
formally invited to the Parking Paradise
of Pacheco. Where parking is free and you
don’t have to worry about which restaurant
will I eat in today or where do I want to shop
or how far do I walk to a theater or my job.
The Pacheco Plan makes all your choices
for you by limiting your options to zilch.
If we stick together Walnut Creek will soon
be raising the white flag of surrender.

Concord Mike September 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Another reason I like living and shopping in Concord: No parking meters!

However, there are dark clouds on the horizon. We have city staff and some planning commissioners who are pushing more apartment buildings downtown without building adequate on-site parking. They are not shy about advocating dedicated bike lanes (removing street parking) as well.

Eat food September 12, 2017 at 12:08 PM

I can’t believe how much people wine about the parking, you go and spend $100 on a meal but can’t pay $2 for parking? #speachless

Dorothy September 12, 2017 at 12:42 PM

I try not to go to Walnut Creek.

chuckie the troll September 12, 2017 at 12:44 PM

The is heavy pressure throughout the Bay Area to limit the use and ownership of motor vehicles. You can blame the MTC for it’s policies which penalize cities for having too much ‘under-utilized’ parking and too much traffic. New living units and workspace downtown will not have adequate parking for all employees, customers, residents, etc…and you will pay a premium to park. Don’t believe the consultants, city staff, or the politicians when they say otherwise.

Hardest hit will people who live in the city and own a car, but don’t drive it to work everyday. The fastest growing demographic group, now larger than the 0-5 group for the first time in history, is those +65. These people will drive or be driven, increasingly use a cane or walker, and seldom ride a bicycle (no matter what the Bike Nazis say). I think gridlock is their unstated goal.

Walnut Creek might be highly visible, but Concord is following close on its heels. Has anyone provided an honest appraisal of how traffic and parking will be affected when all of the new apartments are built downtown and the Weapon Station is developed?

MLynn September 12, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Walnut Creek can keep their parking meters that’s why I don’t go down there they think they’re San Francisco

Retailslave September 12, 2017 at 1:39 PM

I used to love Walnut Creek, maybe 15 years ago, but it’s too crowded now. Traffic is terrible, parking is worse. There are some places I’d love to go shop, but the parking situation keeps me far away.

Clayton Squirrel September 12, 2017 at 2:29 PM

No fun to try to park in WC. It was even tough when our playgroup used to meet at Civic Park decades ago. We avoid it when we can and prefer PH. I went yesterday for the first time in a while because we were taking some out of town friends to the WC BART station. We are happily surprised to find a metered spot on Locust right across from Tender Greens where we had a late lunch.

Eudamonia September 12, 2017 at 2:31 PM

I’ve been boycotting WC shopping and restaurants ever since I got a $50.00 ticket. It was a Sunday and I didn’t even think to look at the meter. Most cities are free on weekends and holidays and after 6 p.m. – not WC.

Eddie Van Halen September 12, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Why do you think Kramer parked jerry’s van in the park? There are no parking meters out there.

Git it Together September 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

“you go and spend $100 on a meal, but can’t pay $2 for parking”….what brilliant logic. How about; “other towns have comparable (or better) dining options with free parking, why would anyone in their right mind go to WC and pay to park?”

Giddyup September 12, 2017 at 4:13 PM

This is utterly absurd. The proof that it is wrong, just wrong? You need a full page set of confusing instructions, complete with detailed full-color illustrations and maps, to park your car in Walnut Creek? Not to park your car conveniently in Walnut Creek, just to park your car? Seriously? And, you want me to download an app to park with pretension? In addition, you need to be a mathetician to figure out their system when you really don’t know how long you will be? Further, you have to drive around looking for purple poles? Are you kidding me? This is the last straw. If I can’t park conveniently and free to shop, go out to lunch, or see a movie, I’ll go to PHill or Lafayette from now on. Buhbye, Walnut Creek! One should park for free when spending money in your city whether it is in a garage or on street and not have to put up with this bs. Mind blown!

Giddyup September 12, 2017 at 4:49 PM

And, there is nothing “hip” about Concord when you’re getting panhandled and bum rushed a block off the Todos Santos “Crown Jewel” in it’s “World Class” status. Bought my last thing in Concord today.

Lambie September 12, 2017 at 6:17 PM

I avoid WC as much as possible. When I do go, I use the 2 hour free parking, but it looks like that is changing to 1 hour 🙁

I guess I’ll need park, shop, re-park, shop, repeat

Ricardo September 12, 2017 at 6:37 PM

I have avoided WC like the plague, since 1968. Got a ticket at Kaiser when my grandchild was born because I had to go to there, even though I filled the meter every hour.

Silva September 12, 2017 at 7:41 PM

We have waaay more options than to go to WC for anything.

Kenji September 12, 2017 at 8:21 PM

With respect to relieving traffic congestion, opposing bike lanes doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. One of the most effective ways to make sure traffic congestion stays bad or gets worse is to make sure every other way of getting around besides driving remains dangerous or inconvenient or both. That will maximize cars on the road, which is what traffic congestion consists of.

Led September 13, 2017 at 12:37 AM

I’m as annoyed by parking in WC as the next grumpy commenter, but this seems like a move in the right direction: the meters are already there, they are just making some of them more long-term to encourage people to use the spots that are actually open.

Kathie September 13, 2017 at 2:22 AM

I avoid Walnut Creek after being 5 minutes late from eye exam on short term parking meter. Several other tickets convinced me it’s basically a revenue scheme. I don’t need to do anything there any more.

Antler September 13, 2017 at 4:27 AM

As the years pass, I find myself hardly ever going to San Francisco. So visiting Walnut Creek, with its safety and just the right number of up-scale retail stores and delightful restaurants (albeit no more beloved Barnes & Noble), has become my occasional treat to myself. Last month, parking in the Broadway garage was still free for the first 3 hours (at which point you can drive out one entrance, drive just around to the next, and get another 3 hours free, etc.). But sometimes I pull up to the valet service on Broadway Plaza and then get as much worry-free time as I like for under $10 (including tip!).

I like that they are experimenting with ideas to make visiting their city more pleasant!

good riddance September 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

All of you who have boycotted Walnut Creek and refuse to go there will not be missed. We don’t want any of your tear stained cry baby business. You whine and complain about the price of parking but are to lazy to walk the few extra blocks for longer, cheaper parking spots. You are probably the same kind of person who spends 20 mins trying to get the perfect picture of your food when it comes to your table then sends it back to the kitchen complaining that it’s cold. Seriously….get over yourself.

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