Urban parking management aims to make the best use of city-centre parking facilities, which must occupy only limited space. Many effects and interactions between parking and car traffic must be considered. Many questions must be addressed, covering a wide range of issues and mostly needing political and normative rather than technical answers. The number of parking facilities needed is discussed in relation to public opinion and public perceptions of car accessibility in the German cities of Essen and Aachen, and also in three German cities of medium size. Most car drivers prefer on-street parking to off-street parking. In most German cities, the provision of parking facilities is shared between the city administration and various private owners. Discussions about the volume of parking should consider the different needs of various groups of road users; some relevant results for several German cities are given. Other issues discussed include: (1) the acceptance of larger walking distances from parking facilities; (2) parking fees; (3) the effects of illegal parking; (4) the design and organisation of parking facilities; (5) information about parking facilities; and (6) the achievement of an appropriate equilibrium between transport modes and transport functions. For the covering abstract, see IRRD 885092.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 155-74

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  • Accession Number: 00729816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 3-909162-00-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM