New Strategies for the Reduction of Shopping Centers Generated Car Trips – Theory and Experiences

This article explores new strategies that can be used to reduce the number of car trips generated by shopping centers. The authors note that technical norms and guidelines of the 1970s and 1980s provided an indication of the minimum number of parking places that need to be provided in connection with the construction of a new commercial center. It subsequently became clear that it was not sufficient just to provide cars with a place to park, it was also necessary to provide them with adequate facilities to arrive and to leave. The author describes recent programs that have been started in the city of Zurich to try and resolve these problems. The innovative ‘‘trip model’’ moves the focus to the factors that are directly responsible for the disturbing emissions and binds building licenses to a certain number of emission generating car trips per year rather than to a determined number of parking lots. The biggest difference between the classical approach and the new trips model is that the managing of the parking places is free, because the number of runs is the only parameter considered. This allows the explicit managing of traffic flows and also provides a higher level of flexibility in parking lots designs and management. A final section describes the Sihlcity, a new multifunctional shopping center on the southwest edge of Zurich that is integrated with the high-performance transport network in that city.

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  • Authors:
    • Husler, Willi
    • Urbani, Luca
  • Publication Date: 2009-10-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 432-439
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  • Accession Number: 01150361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 2010 11:06AM