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
Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro
Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro
Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro
Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
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
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

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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Recent Parking News

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 »

Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets

Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets


September 16, 2016    Adam Russell

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 »

How to get inventive transportation projects right early on

How to get inventive transportation projects right early on


September 7, 2016    Rafael Millan

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 »

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers getting creative with TDM programs

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers getting creative with TDM programs


August 31, 2016    Adam Russell

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 »