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VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L September 2002

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FW: [apbp] Walkable/Bikeable Communities - parking strategies

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This discussion seems of potential interest in Vermont:

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From: [log in to unmask]
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 08:37:34 -0700
To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: [apbp] Walkable/Bikeable Communities - parking strategies

Norma, with a population of 500 now, you have a unique opportunity to do
what the Dutch do so successfully in their small villages. Provide surface
parking lots just outside the village, on every approach, with very nice
walking paths to the center. Advertise the fact to motorists as they
approach town. Keep the on-street available mostly to residents, the
disabled, deliveries etc. If a driver refuses to believe s/he should park on
the fringe, and the on-street parking is full, the driver should be
reassured there's another parking spot on the way out.

You could go high-tech and do what many European cites are doing - posting,
with LED signs, how many spots are available at each lot, so a driver can
see that if one is full, another has 15 spots - that cuts down on
circulating, looking for that magic mythical spot - you drive straight to
where there is a known spot.

Then you walk, walk, walk and enjoy the town.

Michael King, you've probably seen a lot of these in Germany, right?

Michael Ronkin
Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager
Traffic Management Services, 5th floor
355 Capitol St NE
Salem OR 97301-3871
503-986-3555 fax 4063
http://www.odot.state.or.us/techserv/bikewalk/

-----Original Message-----
From: Moores, Norma [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 6:20 AM
To: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (E-mail)
Subject: [apbp] Walkable/Bikeable Communities - parking strategies

Context:  I am working on a Transportation Master Plan Study integrated with
an Urban Design Guidelines Study for a small, currently rural community
(Binbrook, pop. 500) outside a large urban area (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,
pop. 0.5 Mil).  Binbrook has an approved official plan to a pop. of 15,000.
We are to discuss parking strategies for the Community Core that would fit
with the policies of the plan.  The Community Core is located along the two
major streets intersecting in Binbrook.  The Community Core will serve as
the commercial and cultural centre of Binbrook Village.  Zoning permits a
full range of commercial activities such as retail stores, personal and
business services, restaurants, offices, medical centres, cultural,
recreational and entertainment facilities, parks, institutions and community
facilities, and residential uses on upper floors of buildings.  The
Community Core is intended to be street oriented and pedestrian friendly,
the focus for community identity of a human/village scale.  32 ha (70 acres)
are designated Community Core with 250 residential units.

Policy Requirements: The policies in the plan regarding parking in the
Community Core recommend considering:
* locating main, off-street parking areas to the rear of buildings
* making connections between parking lots of adjacent properties
* on-street parking on both sides of the street
* provide consolidated parking lots in the centre of blocks and limit
the number of entrances

Question:
We are to review the parking strategy for the Community Core.  I'm not a
parking expert so I would like some confirmation of the above policies or
ideas on what is the latest thinking in the configuration, location, access
for parking in commercial, "village" settings that result in a pedestrian
friendly, village atmosphere.  Any thoughts?

Let me know if you need more "context".

Regards, Norma

Norma V. Moores, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Transportation
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
1400 Rymal Road East
Hamilton, ON L8W 3N9
tel (519) 385-3234
fax (519) 385-3534
email: [log in to unmask]
www.stantec.com
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