Lafayette Parking Meters are Too Damn High

The new Lafayette parking meters that accept credit cards on Mt. Diablo Blvd. near the Mercantile Building are really high. So high that as I was walking there one recent afternoon a woman asked me how much time she had on her meter. At first I didn’t understand, surely she could just look at the screen and see for herself. Then I realized that for people under about 5′ 3″, it’s very hard, if not impossible to view the parking meter screen. That because the meters there are 60 inches tall (5 feet), and angled up. In comparison, the same parking meters in Walnut Creek are a full 4 inches shorter at 56 inches. I hope these are part of a test, because they need to be significantly lowered to be usable by shorter people. Has anyone had problems with these meters?

Note: I couldn’t resist taking the headline from the Rent is Too Damn High Party.