Parking Calming 101
Parking Calming: nobody is speeding down this street.
(…and, that is a beautiful thing)
On-street parking on Washington St., Traverse City. (photo GLHJR)
Traffic planners and engineers aren’t making this up, narrowing the streets with on-street parking slows drivers down. A combination of factors are at work: 1) when we drive through an area like the one shown above we feel a sense of enclosure and 2) because there is likely to be more human activity of people present as people get in and out of cars and then walk to their destination, we also slow down due to context.
In Traverse City, one of the major issues over the last 30 years has been cut-through and speeding traffic through the neighborhoods. The number of cars on the road is another long-term fix all together, but narrowing the streets with a sense of enclosure and getting more people walking and bicycling is the quickest solution to increasing the cost of driving through the neighborhoods.
A more strategic use of our streets, and other infrastructure, for parking is needed.
CAUTION: When bicycling next to parked cars, be safe: avoid the door.
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