A QUESTION OF PARKING

This paper describes a parking survey undertaken in Croydon in order to produce, inter alia, information about behaviour patterns of parkers and so extend the usefulness of the ticket sales data available for the period 1972-78. The method of survey is described, which involved handing a simple questionnaire card (illustrated and described) to drivers as they entered the car parks and collecting them again as they departed. A success rate ranging from 88 per cent in a busy commuter car park to 95 per cent in a shoppers car park is reported, and an SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) program was used to analyse and tabulate the results. Data on car park occupancy - work (44 per cent of parkers used 65 per cent spaces), shopping (49 per cent parkers used 28 per cent spaces), park and ride (30 per cent spaces in a commuter car park), other; vehicle occupancy - work (72 per cent driver only), shopping (64 per cent contained at least one passenger); car park usage, all car parks, weekday 1978; and duration of stay with an average of 6.9 hours for work trips and 2.9 hours for shoppers is presented and discussed. Price-use relationships are considered. The authors conclude that the study has shown that a detailed understanding of the characteristics of a towns parking system can be achieved at low cost and effort. (TRRL)

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • PEARCE, H
    • Jackson, P
  • Publication Date: 1979-8-9

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  • Accession Number: 00310303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM