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Research Report 575 The costs and benefits of inner city parking vis-à-vis network optimisation

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

This research project investigated the monetary and non-monetary costs and benefits associated with reallocation of inner city kerbside parking to new uses in New Zealand.

This research developed a framework of relevant costs and benefits, based on evidence collected from case study examples of kerbside parking reallocation in New Zealand and overseas, and feedback from industry experts provided at workshops held in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Dunedin. This framework was compared with current approaches to business case development and evaluation of transport projects in New Zealand.

The study shows there are a number of costs and benefits commonly attributed to reallocation of inner city kerbside parking, both in New Zealand and overseas.

At present, there is a lack of local evidence for the potential impact of projects in local settings that in some cases has created a barrier to change. This may be overcome with best practice guidance for pre- and post-assessment of kerbside parking reallocation impacts.

Other potential benefits are improved decision making and the delivery of knowledge of the effectiveness of kerbside parking reallocation as a ‘lever’ for achieving transportation and land use benefits.

Keywords: cost–benefit, cycling, economic evaluation, parking reallocation, public transport, road space, shared space, urban realm

Publication details

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  • Published: October 2015
  • Reference: 575
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-478-44528-2