Future-proof parking

Five key strategies to address and prepare for the future of parking are outlined below: 

 

  1. Make curb space serve the goals of the community. As emerging mobility technologies continue to change commuting behavior, creating a balance of uses along curb space is more crucial than ever. Balancing curb space for traffic flow, public transport, walking, biking, loading, rideshare, and public space presents an opportunity to achieve liveable and efficient street environment 
     

  2. Data, data, data. Parking is directly tied to behavior, which changes daily, weekly, an  with every infill development, season of the year, and transportation trend. Monitoring these changes allows city officials to create policies that nudge motorists to modify their choices to create a more walkable environment
     

  3. Sharing is key to success. Privately owned parking designated to specific users increases the parking footprint, sprawls development, encourages customers to park and drive to each individual space, and creates the need to build more parking and ore roads. Sharing parking breaks his cycle and promotes a “park once” environment that increases walkability and cross-shopping
     

  4. Off-street parking should not be constructed without flexibility of designation and long-term use.  Off-street parking surface lots and garages are large, expensive to construct/maintain, and inactive land uses. While they may be necessary today, polices should adopt design guidelines that encourage them to be shared, include pedestrian connections, and allow for infill development or adaptive re-use.
     

  5. Be nimble in adopting or changing parking policies. Many cities have regulatory obstacles that may prevent developers, residents, or policy makers from creating more walkable development patterns. Policy makers should focus on letting the market decide and evaluate parking related regulations to remove existing constraints.

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