16 Good reasons for Parking Management

Thursday, 20 August 2015

by: Qurius

Since private cars are in use for on average only one hour per day, it is easy to understand why stationary traffic needs special attention. But construction of large parking lots at destinations is expensive and often environmentally contradictory.

The smarter approach is to deal with parking in a more efficient way – parking management! (PM) There are very few areas in urban development and transport that could bring so many benefits for quality of life, behaviour change and modal shift than parking space management.

But parking is seldom discussed rationally in public debate. It is much more often a purely emotional judgment by citizens and journalists that prevents decision makers from implementing an intelligent and sustainable urban transport policy.

This brochure (16 Good reasons for Parking Management by Push & Pull, available in many languages) provides the knowledge required to build sound, political arguments to help to alleviate parking problems and in so doing to support sustainable transport. It should strengthen the position of politicians, decision makers and multipliers such as journalists in the process of taking what may be, at first glance, unpopular, but in fact rational and sustainable decisions to manage on- and offstreet parking.

  1. Parking Management (PM) is key to managing urban mobility.
  2. Public space has a high value and therefore should be paid if used for parking.
  3. PM contributes to a better modal choice and therefore quality of life.
  4. PM leads to less park search traffic.
  5. PM has a good impact/acceptance ratio.
  6. People usually moan before new PM is introduced but initial opposition turns to support when they realise the impacts.
  7. PM protects European historic cities from the invasion of parked cars.
  8. PM will not kill your high street - it will support local economy.
  9. User-friendly parking areas within walking distance of key locations is acceptable.
  10. PM won't stop companies investing in your city.
  11. Guaranteed parking spaces at workplaces influence modal choice significantly.
  12. PM contributes to road safety.
  13. Enforcement of parking violations is necessary - and not harassment of car users.
  14. Parking standards can have a positive impact on housing and other real estate projects.
  15. Correct rates, prices and appropriate fines are key to the success of PM.
  16. PM can raise municipal revenue that can be used to encourage sustainable mobility.
Use of parking fees in Amsterdam

The arguments are developed in the format of facts and figures with a picture / diagram and an explanatory text that it is easily understood and quickly summarises the key arguments. For more complex issues, links to more detailed descriptions are provided.

The PUSH&PULL project aims to improve urban mobility in European cities by means of parking space management combined with mobility management measures. By introducing paid parking, increasing parking fees, reducing or restraining parking supply or implementing comparable measures, car drivers will be “pushed” to use more sustainable transport. At the same time, the income generated from parking space management can be used to promote alternatives, thus “pulling” or attracting users towards public transport, walking, cycling and other sustainable modes.