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Parking meters may be next for Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – City council is in the first stages of analyzing the feasibility of installing parking meters in Playa del Carmen with a new urban proposal.

In order to give priority to pedestrians and make the city more ecological, Solidaridad city officials are considering parking meters in the downtown core. By installing parking meters, it is hoped that more people will make use of bicycles and help improve mobility in the city center.

Councilor for Urban Development, César Navarro Medina, said several ideas have been generated to make Playa del Carmen a more environmentally friendly city. In addition to planning better vehicle flow with improved roads and transportation network, they are also hoping to discourage the use of the car.

Many other cities, such as Mexico City, have been successful at transforming streets to make them completely pedestrian only, benefiting people and businesses. These streets were alternated with paid parking meters.

While a decision has yet to be made, Navarro Medina says that if the project were to go ahead they would begin the first phase from 1 Avenue south to Constituyentes Avenue, in the north-south direction and from Avenue 30 to Avenue 15.

He adds that Avenida 10 between Avenida Juárez and Constituyentes would maintain the status of a cyclist and pedestrian corridor that it currently has.