This article discusses what sorts of car parks are required to attract customers to nearby shopping centres. People are attracted to a shopping centre by its facilities, including well-designed, user-friendly, conveniently located, and attractively priced parking. The principal components of a well-designed car park are: (1) ease of access; (2) uncongested internal flow; (3) availability of parking spaces; and (4) an unimpeded exit. A car park should be viewed as a dynamic, not a static, facility. The ideal site for maximal usage of parking space is rectangular, with division into 16m wide modules to provide room for a centre aisle with a row of cars on each side. This ideal is rarely attained, so that various compromises must usually be made. In multi-storey car parks, drivers should be able to bypass lower levels and quickly reach upper levels more likely to have free space. The most common design mistakes are: (1) conflicts between cars entering and leaving; (2) insufficient provision for vehicle movements; (3) lack of space to 'store' leaving cars waiting to enter surrounding roads; (4) bad column locations; (5) ramps that are too narrow; (6) no extra width on the last bay in each row; and (7) poor quality of lighting.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11


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  • Accession Number: 00719936
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1996 12:00AM