2017 Sessions

In total, there were 30 fantastic TransportCamp sessions. Session notes were taken for each unconference session.  Each post includes all the essential session details, links and a summary of all the key points of discussion.

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Are We Still Paving Paradise?

Session Details

Room: Regent

Format: Presentation & Discussion

No. of attendees: 8

Host name: Bridget Spence (Senior Sustainable Transport Planner, City of Casey)

Scribe: Matthew Diemer


What was the session about?

Parking as an integral part of the transport system that also plays a major role in the shape of our cities.

There is a lack of research and general guidance for those tasked with parking management.

The new parking management paradigm is attempting to gradually move away from the ‘predict and provide’ approach: new policies such as unbundled parking, parking maximums, and demand responsive pricing are leading this change.

Technology is also aiding in improved user information and guidance

Demand Responsive Parking:

  • Cost is directly related to demand, resulting in more efficient usage
  • Facilities higher turnover rates while maintaining 85% occupancy

  • Pioneered by SFpark scheme in San Francisco, where it was found that the program resulted in a reduction in amount of parking infringements

  • High impact on efficient parking management

  • Most effective in areas where alternative modes of transport are available

Parking Maximums:

  • Important conversation starter about parking supply
  • May be restrictive or may still result in an oversupply (particularly if maximums are set higher than actual demand)

  • Removal of parking minimums tends to be more effective than setting maximums

Is it justified to charge for parking in all areas? Knowledge of parking usage activity can help to make this judgement. Making assumptions without knowing the activities that are taking place can do more harm than good.

Technology is helping to make these more informed decisions