Gail Robertson: Hidden sign nails tourists in Breck |

Gail Robertson: Hidden sign nails tourists in Breck

We visited Breckenridge last weekend. Arriving early, we decided to get lunch on Main Street. Traffic was very busy and finding a parking space was a real challenge. We felt fortunate to finally find one. No one noticed the handicap sign set back off the sidewalk when we pulled in. After an hour we came back to find a parking ticket on the car. We were all very surprised and speculated on why. Our son finally spotted the handicapped sign.

There is no possible way we would ever intentionally park in a handicap spot. We all feel that the signage for this spot was very poorly placed. Since you have no head-in parking, only parallel parking, it makes the placement of signs so much more important. Also, your city streets are constantly covered in snow during the winter making if very difficult for any street painting designating a handicap spot to be seen. Parking in your downtown is so limited with the placement of arbitrary handicap spots in an area where there is so much competition for limited parking spaces. Since this is the case, these spaces should at least be better marked and more visible to drivers.

Breckenridge is a resort town and dependent on tourism. A $100 ticket put a real damper on our vacation. We’re sure that the revenue is important to your budget in this economy, but the tight parking situation and the bad feelings coming from receiving a $100 ticket based on poor signage will be a consideration to us in future visits.

One last note. When we got back to our hotel the Summit Daily was in the lobby. How appropriate that the front page cover article was “Ski resort continues to face parking shortages during peak periods.”

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