15 Minute Parking Changes
Hello Geneva downtown property owners, merchants, and community members. The collaboration between the City of Geneva and Geneva Business Improvement District during the COVID-19 pandemic ensured ongoing information sharing and coordination on planning and policies that attempted to positively support each of you.
Creation and distribution of 15-minute parking signs is a prime example. Merchants needed a way to get customers in and out of their businesses quickly for takeout, and the signs provided a way to help encourage safe commerce at a critical moment. While not a perfect process, feedback reinforces the value of the exercise during the early days of the lockdown and New York Forward reopening.
Circumstances change. The Finger Lakes Region recently entered “Phase 4” reopening, which means virtually all businesses and service providers are allowed to interact with customers and clients on some level. There is still much work to do and some businesses remain shuttered. But we are actively inviting community members and visitors to travel to downtown Geneva and safely buy a bike, enjoy dinner and a beverage, purchase a book, get a haircut, meet with their accountant, and countless other activities.
That’s why we will be removing the 15-minute parking signs effective Thursday, July 2nd. The signs served an important purpose at a critical moment in our initial COVID-19 response, and subsequent, blossoming recovery. But they are currently not necessary, and actually work at cross-purposes with getting people to come and safely explore downtown. The signs will be available should they become necessary again but we are hopeful that they won’t. We thank everyone who made the sign creation, distribution and management possible.
City of Geneva
Michael P. Mills
Geneva Business Improvement District