What role does parking play in how we decide to get around?
America is addicted to free parking. Excessive parking create an emptiness that divides cities and make them difficult to traverse without a car. Importantly, the availability of free parking is a major factor in getting people to choose driving over other options.
In Los Angeles County, a full 14 percent of land is dedicated to Finding better land uses for parking lots will encourage people to put more creative thought into choosing their modes of transportation.Innovative parking policy ideas, such as the demand-based parking pricing at work in cities like San Francisco and D.C., can help reduce trips and use spaces more efficiently — but will go nowhere without political and public support.
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Real-estate developers and property managers have long been coming around to the simple business decision that, if they want to manage profitable projects and attract tenants, they should build and own near transit and other non-driving options. Just look at Detroit: A 2.5-mile streetcar system expected to launch in a few months to downtown is… Read more »
This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Like many communities in the United States, the zoning ordinance in Arlington County, Va., requires developers to build parking for apartment and condominium residents. However, space is limited and land is expensive in Arlington’s urban neighborhoods. Each parking space in a garage can take up… Read more »
Though it’s made rapid progress in shifting commuters away from driving alone to work, Seattle is still looking to address ongoing congestion within the Puget Sound region. Now, the King County Metro is planning to launch a pilot to attract commuters to light rail and buses by allowing nearby buildings to rent their empty parking spaces… Read more »
Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »
Since the first pop-up parklet conversion in 2005, the third Friday in September has become an international holiday celebrating a vision for streets beyond the car default. Today, five parklets appeared in the streets of North Arlington, while more than 30 can be found across the river in the District, with more still in Montgomery County… Read more »
In 2013, the city of Nice, France, launched an ambitious “smart parking” service that allowed drivers to find available parking spaces in real-time through a smartphone app. In order for the system to work, the city paid 10 million euros (or about $11.3 million USD) to install hundreds of sensors next to parking spaces, as… Read more »
When Sonos wanted to move its Santa Barbara headquarters into a new downtown location, the wireless speaker company became very aware of the potential traffic impacts. After all, the company’s previous location had been two small buildings outside of the city core. And the city of Santa Barbara had its own site requirements for the new office, part… Read more »
Arlington County updates its guide to bicycle parking best practices What do the cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters have in common? The first answer that comes to mind may be on-street bicycle facilities with wonky names like “sharrows” or “cycle tracks.” While excellent surface infrastructure is important, another piece of the truth… Read more »
The ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented. In the last decade, broad driving-related trends, such as decreases in car ownership per household and vehicle miles traveled, suggest requiring more than one parking space… Read more »
While the final numbers have yet to be released, preliminary reports suggest this was a merry holiday season for U.S. retailers. A MasterCard survey reports sales were up 8 percent over 2014, and that lower gas prices played a significant role in what consumers spent this past year – suggesting the money they saved in… Read more »
Car ownership is an anchor on our choices and habits. It creates inertia against change. This is most obvious when we think of the ways in which owning a car requires physical public sacrifices that cities have accepted for decades: parking spaces at home and at destinations, space for roadways. The assumption that people will… Read more »
It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t… Read more »