Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland
Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city - KATU Portland
Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland
Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania
Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania
Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania
See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
Bike parking and the bottom line Bike parking and the bottom line
Bike parking and the bottom line
Bike parking and the bottom line

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.

Popular Parking Stories

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses.

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Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns.

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Empty parking garage

Three Ways to Transform Overbuilt Parking into Transportation Options

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.

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VOX / Mobility Lab Video

The high cost of free parking

It’s estimated that, in America, there are eight parking spots for every car, covering up to 30 percent of our cities, and collectively taking up about as much space as the state of West Virginia. The more parking we have, the more encouraged we are to drive and to shape our urban landscapes based on that parking.

Recent Parking News

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking


July 19, 2017    Paul Mackie

When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »

Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland

Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland


July 10, 2017    Mobility Lab Web

Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, and Omaha have the most expensive residential parking permits of the 75 largest cities in the U.S. by population, according to investigators from a Portland TV news station. They put together a handy chart that shows that only 45 of those 75 cities charge for residential parking permits, proving that parking… Read more »

Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania

Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania


June 27, 2017    Paul Mackie

[Editor: An interesting update to the Hawaii story (June 30, 2017): Companies that work in transportation could advise the transportation management association and help create policies to ease traffic on Waikiki’s streets. Makes sense, and is similar to recommendations recently in a George Mason study on how Arlington, Va., could work more closely with delivery companies… Read more »

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City


June 23, 2017    Adam Russell

How much space cities provide to different transportation options is an easily-visualized hint into how they prioritize different ways of getting around, a relationship made even more evident through the basic geometric inefficiencies of driving. As an exercise to investigate just how unfair this allotment of space can be, Moovel Lab, the creative side project of… Read more »

Bike parking and the bottom line

Bike parking and the bottom line


June 5, 2017    Shawn Chessell

5 reasons why retail business can no longer afford to ignore bicyclists Once, providing a secure bicycle parking infrastructure was an option that was only considered by socially-conscious business owners in bike-friendly communities. But with bicycle commuting rapidly growing, that has changed. Now, business owners in almost all communities must face the reality that a… Read more »

Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro

Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro


March 23, 2017    Stephen Crim

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Each parking space in a garage can take up as much as 400 square feet, or 36 percent of an average Arlington County, Va., apartment, and spaces can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 each to build. The availability of parking also has a strong… Read more »

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city


March 9, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions

Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions


March 3, 2017    Sarah Jo Peterson

Ed.: In part 2 of her ongoing analysis of car ownership rates in the U.S., urban planner Sarah Jo Peterson examines how one-person households, or singles, have been buying more cars or going car-free in the first half of the decade. Below is an excerpt of her piece, which you can read in its entirety… Read more »

12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions

12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions


December 16, 2016    Paul Mackie

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 »

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties


October 20, 2016    Stephen Crim

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 »

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides


October 7, 2016    Adam Russell

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 »

In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”


September 23, 2016    Adam Russell

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 »