One of the many reasons that I like going to Richmond, British Columbia is because the city has a by-law which requires that all gas stations must be full-serve.
You may be old enough to remember when all service stations were full-serve, but in Richmond you don’t have to remember, you can witness it first-hand. A big round of applause to the City of Richmond for preserving this bit of gas station history with forward-thinking legislation that shows the world that accessibility is important to their community.
Many times, I have struggled to apply enough torque in order to twist open the gas cap. When that is done, I then have to slide my credit card into that awkward slot, only to be informed that I’m not going fast enough! If that isn’t enough, I have to stand and squeezesqueezesqueeze the nozzle while gas seems to dribble out at a disproportionate rate in comparison to the cost of the amount pumped. (In Canada, for safety reasons, our gas pumps do not come equipped with that thingy that keeps the nozzle depressed until the tank is full.)
Of course, you could always use the full-serve bay, but at the price of gas, who wants to do that?
In the meantime, if you live in the Lower Mainland, you may wish to take a trip to Richmond, British Columbia. Come get your fill – at the pump and at one of the many fine eateries in Richmond.
Are you aware of any other communities which have similar by-laws?
Image courtesy of Pam Roth.