Patrick Siegman has long been one of my inspirations as a parking policy changemaker.
He is a skilled practitioner and consultant on parking (and much more) with an enormous amount of experience across North America and beyond. [Scroll to the bottom for more information about Patrick.]
But, as you will hear in this episode of Reinventing Parking, Patrick also has a great knack for communicating about parking policy reform in a compelling. entertaining and optimistic way.
Some highlights from this episode with Patrick SiegmanThe highlights below are brief, so please do dive into the recorded interview with the player at the top or by subscribing and listening with your favourite podcast listening app. Here's how.
- It charges the right prices for on on-street parking, at least a lot of the time and in a lot of places. [The next Reinventing Parking episode will feature Patrick again and will focus more on the on-street parking, including San Francisco's.]
- SF has also now abolished all minimum parking requirements city-wide for all land uses. This was the culmination of many steps, which started in the 1980s in the downtown area where parking requirements were eliminated for non-residential uses.
- The one of Shoup's big three suggestions that SF has NOT done is to set up a system for returning the parking revenue back to the neighbourhoods where it comes from. Instead, parking revenue is, by law, earmarked for public transport in the city.
The modest apartments proposed are ~300 sf. Efficient parking garages require ~325 sf/space. So if #SF law still required 1 space/apartment, this building would have to be 12 stories high.— Patrick Siegman (@PatrickSiegman) July 18, 2020
Form doesn’t follow function. Form follows parking requirements.https://t.co/NPv03KsVrx pic.twitter.com/EPrXmSlJRK
- The potential to boost economic development and building is a winner in depressed towns and cities.
- The prospect of easing traffic problems is more persuasive in places, such as the San Francisco Bay area, that have already attracted large numbers of jobs.
- We discussed various examples, especially in California.
- Patrick made a strong case that parking activism might do well to focus more energy at these levels of government.
- Several pieces of California legislation are making a difference, with more to come.
- There are some basic mistakes to avoid (such as handing way more permits than there are spaces).
- But there are various ways to avoid provoking too much opposition from existing residents.
- Patrick mentioned the area near the university in Tuscon, Arizona, where the parking permits allocated to a property is restricted to the length of kerb in front of that property.
- Should unbundling be mandated?
- Should an unbundling ordinance set a minimum price?
- Bellevue, Washington has unbundled office parking from office leases, with a minimum price. This has made a large difference to mode shares there.
- He knows of many successes.
- Student research projects are a common generator of such studies.
- Time and again he does see these driving change at local level.
- There are so many local jurisdictions that we won't see widespread change unless change advocates focus energy at higher levels of government.
- The efforts of Tony Jordon and others has showed that even small numbers of people focused on this issue can make a big difference.
- PRN should help many others to feel encouraged to take action on parking.
- It has lots of useful examples and policy tips.
- Donald Shoup has in fact made his introductory chapter available as a free download. This really is a must-read for parking change-makers! It is a lively and digestible summary of his key parking reform proposals and more.
- Patrick offered several persuasive reasons why he sees gathering momentum in North America and also elsewhere.
- Parking minimums reform is happening in more and more cities, including recently Edmonton in Canada.
About Patrick Siegman
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