Posted in Beyond Parking on Aug 16, 2013
What is more valuable to Main Street, moving as much vehicular traffic through as fast as possible or allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles to coexist at a slower pace? This is the question that Hamburg, New York faced several years ago when the state DOT proposed adding lanes downtown. Instead of widening the road, the community chose to slow traffic down by employing several traffic calming techniques, and now the town is flourishing. “In fact, all of Hamburg’s Main Street was redesigned to slow vehicles, a technique known as traffic calming. Two lanes, instead of the three that h...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Aug 03, 2013
I was honored to be a guest on the Southeast Green podcast yesterday. Host Linda Marsa and I talked about the latest trends in making roads more bicycle friendly to encourage more people to choose biking over driving. Have a listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/southeastgreen/2013/08/02/i-want-to-ride-my-bicyclein-metro-atlanta
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 31, 2013
An emerging trend to address congestion during long commutes combines two well-established concepts: toll lanes and reversible lanes. The Georgia DOT just chose a design and build team to add so-called “managed lanes” to I-75 south of Atlanta. The two lanes would point north toward the city in the morning and south to the suburbs in the afternoon. The project is set to cost $840 million and open in 2018. The PeachPass electronic devices already being used to pay tolls in metro Atlanta would pay the variable rate that would be determined by demand for the lanes. The managed lanes would seem to...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 16, 2013
No one likes a snitch, right? But what if a little high-tech tattling would discourage illegal parking and earn the snitch a little money in return? Software developers in Winnipeg, BC have created an app for that. You just select the type of infraction you've spotted, identify the location, snap a picture of the scofflaw's car, and send. If local authorities end up collecting a fine, you get a piece of it. The app, called "SpotSquad," is available for testing only in Canada so far. What do you think? Here in Atlanta, our transit system has an app called "See and Say" for reporting dangerous s...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 14, 2013
An increasing use of technology appears to be the key to sustainable parking management practices, in particular those technologies that reduce the time drivers have to circle looking for a spot. An International Parking Institute survey of its members in April found the “move toward innovative technologies to improve access control and payment automation” was the number one emerging trend in parking. San Francisco earned the most votes for innovation, followed by New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The use of smart phones and other technology is part of a “parking revolution,...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 05, 2013
A piece published in today's "Like the Dew" argues that the recent attention given our "crumbling infrastructure" should include a discussion of how mass transit will be integrated into any major overhauls. Tammy Ingram, assistant professor at the College of Charleston, laments that the same bi-partisan effort that created the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System would be required to address today's transportation needs effectively, and that type of cooperation seems unlikely in today's political climate. A good read... http://likethedew.com/2013/06/04/rethinking-the-infrastructure-crisis/
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 24, 2013
In the parking industry, we often remind ourselves that we are the first and last people that customers see, and if they hardly remember their parking experience, we've done our job. It's when things go wrong that customers develop their impressions about parking. So, at the International Parking Institute Conference & Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, which I attended this week, vendors displayed the latest technology to reduce those negative experiences, such as difficulty finding a space, forgetting where you parked, and not having change for the meter. NPR did a nice job describing some of the new ...
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 18, 2013
I have long supported the idea that requiring real estate developers to include a minimum number of parking spaces encourages sprawl and discourages the use of alternative transportation. Developers must also navigate a mind-boggling variety of requirements from city to city. Inspired by Professor Donald Shoup’s 2005 book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” architect Seth Goodman has created a series of very intuitive graphs that show the wide range of requirements, and the seemingly nonsensical way different types of developments are treated. He just published the third in a five-part series, th...
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 16, 2013
In anticipation of Bike to Work Day on Friday, we dedicated our first BikeSpot location today. Lanier developed this innovative bicycle station, which in addition to the usual bike racks, includes a self-serve fix-it station equipped with a repair rack, tools, and air pump. Jones Lang LaSalle, property manager for the Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta, financed the capital costs for the installation. This is a pilot project, and we hope to install more of these stations at our clients' locations in the months to come. High-quality photos are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lani...
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 02, 2013
There is an ongoing debate in this country about how to pay for our transportation infrastructure and who should pay what? Many people assume that non-drivers (bus and transit riders) do not pay their fare share and that drivers do, through fuel taxes. There is new evidence to the contrary. In a Planetizen blog post this week, Todd Lipman of the Victoria Transportation Institute points to U.S. government stats that show user fees cover a shrinking portion of the costs of roads, about half as of 2007. The rest includes non-user fees and bonds. Once you factor in the other costs of vehicular tra...