In Parking Management Best Practices author Todd Litman describes an integrated approach to parking management, which will help you maximize your current parking to better meet the needs of downtown residents, workers, shoppers, and other visitors.
Traditionally, downtowns have tried to satisfy parking demand by increasing supply. Instead, Litman advocates the use of a wide range of parking management strategies to make the most efficient use of existing parking.
These strategies include:
- Increasing the efficiency of existing parking through sharing, regulating and pricing,
- Using signage and maps to provide better information to drivers,
- Improving maintenance, security and pedestrian access to increase the number of useable parking spaces.
Throughout the book Litman provides real-world examples, illustrations and case studies of these strategies in use in cities of all sizes throughout North America.
Individually, the strategies described in the book can reduce parking needs by five to 15 percent. However, when combined into an integrated parking management program they can often reduce parking needs by 20 to 40 percent.
Parking Management Best Practices provides a blueprint for evaluating and implementing these strategies and developing an integrated parking plan for your community.