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Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking, will be at a full-day seminar at Melbourne Town Hall on November 4. Details here.
Posted on 08/27/2010 in Events, Melbourne, Parking | Permalink
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I am glad to hear that Prof Shoup will be visiting Australia. His policy suggestions are as relevant there as they are in North America. For those who haven't heard, he suggests:
* eliminate off-street parking requirements, so that parking becomes 'unbundled' from other real estate
* price on-street parking to ensure a few vacancies and eliminate cruising for parking ('performance-based parking pricing')
* return the street-parking revenue to local benefit districts (in order to create political constituencies for parking pricing).
I think it important for transit planning folks to pay more attention to parking policy.
It can be confusing, but I have been doing a lot of thinking about the implications of Shoup's ideas.
Aspiring parking policy wonks might like to take a look at http://www.reinventingparking.org/search/label/Shoup
Paul Barter |
08/27/2010 at 02:43
Are you coming to Melbourne for this Jarrett? Come on now, get Southern!
08/27/2010 at 03:39
Earlier this week I had my university orientation, and I planned on taking an express bus from a commuter transit station to the school. I drove to the station to find that the ticket machine only sold fares for the train, and that the ticket booth closes after the rush hour. In the end, I drove to the university instead.
After the orientation and taking care of a few things, I went to the parking pay terminal. I was there for about 5 hours, and the total came to $14! The bus would have cost $8.60, almost half of that.
The moral of the story is that pay parking can be a great incentive to encourage people to find alternative modes of transport into areas with sufficient public transit.
Ben Smith |
08/27/2010 at 16:22
I saw Shoup speak in New York several years ago (but after his book was published) and he was great - not only good ideas but really entertaining as a speaker! My wife came along and expected to be bored but instead really got into the topic. So, for anyone who can make it, I think it will be worth the trip!
08/30/2010 at 11:58
I saw Shoup at TRB this year, and it felt a little like seeing a celebrity, having recently read most of his book and some other works for a research paper.
Sadly, I think some people write him off because he seems to be almost the only person so outspoken on this topic (they see him as 'a kook'). And, admittedly, I found his book to be unnecessarily long-winded.
09/01/2010 at 11:13
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