Toronto’s painted streets are catching drivers off guard

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s frequent Twitter boast of the city’s “Beautiful Street” paint jobs is proving less literal as new evidence shows that the painted areas actually yield tickets to confused motorists.

Typically painted in bright colors, highlighting and accentuating features of curbside spaces, Toronto’s street art lasts for only one year before disappearing, making them easy targets for motorists. Now, when a driver parks on one of those paint spots, with no visible markings to mark it as an official parking space, the sign outside the location warns, “Parking here may result in a fine.”

As the Globe and Mail notes, the sign does not appear to be posted in violation of the city’s Municipal Parking Regulations that dictate that a pay and display place can be painted without proper permit as long as a sign isn’t posted in violation of the same regulations.

A spokesperson for the Toronto Parking Authority told the news outlet the agency “can only enforce” permit standards for signs posted at the locations without location signage “based on regulations.”

Toronto’s Street Appreciation Society, a community network, has even created a smartphone app that allows users to identify the spots and avoid them. Just in time for the start of the drive to the city’s Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, the app’s creator, Oliver Esseltinger, hopes people will use the app “to help avoid an accident this weekend.”

There are currently more than 70,000 vehicles on Toronto’s most scenic streets each year. The Globe and Mail compares the average cost to “parking at an average meter” at Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade to just $1.03 (according to Canadian website Realtor.ca).

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[H/T The Globe and Mail]

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