Baltimore Spokes
Biking in Baltimore
Sign Up!
Login
Welcome to Baltimore Spokes
Saturday, December 20 2014 @ 06:32 AM UTC

No Such Thing As Free Parking

Health & EnvironmentFirst Nationwide Count of Parking Spaces Reveals High Environmental Cost

By ERIC BETZ
...
The 250 million cars and trucks on America's roads get a bad rap for being environmentally unfriendly. Climate scientists say that automobiles add an array of greenhouse gases and harmful particulates into the Earth's atmosphere, yet little research has been done to estimate the impact parking spaces -- where those automobiles spend 95 percent of their time -- have on our planet.

"I think it's a surprisingly unknown quantity," said Donald Shoup, a UCLA urban planning professor and author of the book "The High Cost of Free Parking." "[Parking] is the single biggest land use in any city. It's kind of like dark matter in the universe, we know it's there, but we don't have any idea how much there is."
...
"The environmental effects of parking are not just from encouraging the use of the automobile over public transit or walking and biking," the group stated in their paper, "but also from ... activities related to building and maintaining the infrastructure."

"There's actually a larger infrastructure for parking than for roadways," said Chester. "This speaks to the sort of hidden infrastructure components that are there to store our vehicles when they're not moving."
...
"Only in the last 5-10 years have we been giving some thought to whether there should be an abundance of free parking," said Chester. "Ninety-nine percent of automobile trips end in free parking and this has a major effect on people's choice of what means of transportation to take."
http://abcnews.go.com/story?id=12306930

Story Options

Trackback

Trackback URL for this entry: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/trackback.php?id=20110111144515918

No trackback comments for this entry.

1 comments

The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Authored by: jstech on Tuesday, January 11 2011 @ 09:30 PM UTC No Such Thing As Free Parking
I'm reading Shoup's book right now. It's excellent, although it's clear that he is an economist (and academic).

But don't let the math scare you--it's also full of funny insights and witticisms. This book is the alternative transportation advocate's "Freakonomics."

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?

Google


Site Map

Events

There are no upcoming events

Older Stories

Tuesday d-M


Monday d-M


Sunday d-M


Friday d-M


Wednesday d-M


Tuesday d-M


Sunday d-M