Thursday, August 20, 2009

Would decent bike parking get more people biking to work?

I found this article the other day and I think the there are some good points that should probably be explored.
I myself am blessed to have good bike parking (although in the winter a climate controlled environment would be the ideal)at the City/County Building bike lockers.
Check it!
What Would Get Americans Biking to Work?Decent parking.
By Tom VanderbiltMonday, Aug. 17, 2009

When we talk about transportation, we tend to talk about things in motion. What is often left unremarked upon, in conversations about crowded highways, is something without which those crowds would not exist: parking. That humble 9-by-18-foot space (the standard size of a spot) is where traffic begins and ends. It is the fuel to traffic's fire.

Why is it overlooked? One possibility is that parking is more typically treated as real estate, the subject of arcane building codes and zoning regulations, rather than as a part of transportation networks; given that cars spend 95 percent of their time parked, this makes some sense. Another reason may simply be that, in most of America, parking is taken as a given. Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking, has estimated that 99 percent of car trips in the United States terminate in a free parking space, which means the nation's drivers don't have much incentive to think about parking—or not driving. In many American places, there are more parking spaces than people.

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