Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 07, 2013
The federal government is looking at replacing its massive fleet of vehicles with a car-sharing vendor. It’s an interesting development for the car sharing model, which went mainstream when Hertz-Avis bought Zipcar early this year. You may recall Lanier Parking Solutions brought Flexcar (later bought by Zipcar) to the Atlanta market in 2007. The General Services Administration is now planning pilot projects in D.C., Boston, New York, and Chicago. Read Emily Badger’s piece about what the GSA is up to.
Posted in Beyond Parking on Oct 04, 2013
Here is my piece that ran yesterday on the Green Parking Council's site. It's about how TMAs are encouraging sustainable developments. The most sustainable parking space is the one we never have to build or manage. So Green Garage Certification smartly awards points for participation in organizations that generate more efficient use of existing transportation resources, including parking. READ MORE
Posted in Beyond Parking on Aug 22, 2013
The baby boomers have defined their generation with their individual experience (i.e. single family home and single occupancy vehicle). A generation later, the Millennials seem to be turning this idea of ownership on its head and are embracing the shared experience (i.e. renting housing downtown and car sharing). Noah Nelson explores this generation shift in “Why Millennial’s Are Ditching Cars and Redefining Ownership.” "As we've talked to consumers in this age group about how they feel about owning the car, the car companies kind of think about this as, 'Well, that's sort of a silly question ...
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 ...