4 June 2019 - Parking and public space is evolving

Apur is continuing its thoughts on the redevelopment of streets linked to the gradual but constant reduction of private cars ownership and consequently a lesser need for parking spaces.

© Apur – Clément Pairot

In Paris, 621,600 parking spaces are available for residents on streets and in carparks while the number of cars owned by households amounts to 462,700 vehicles. 150,000 resident parking spaces could, therefore, potentially be turned to other uses, rendering 96 hectares available for other types of parking and new services, utility services, green spaces, places for exchanging or other uses yet to be invented.

The study is organised in 3 parts:

Part 1 - “A report on the present situation and the potential evolution of residential parking”, with a quantitative inventory of recent and possible future developments of parking spaces accessible to Parisian residents.
Part 2 - “Developing the uses of roadside parking strips” - gives a forward looking diagnostic of the various commitments made and action taken by the City of Paris. The study sheds light on the different parking transformations underway and clarifies their implications for Parisian public space linked to the issue of adapting the city faced with the urgency of climatic change and the value of public space.
Finally Part 3 - “The evolution of carparks” deals more specifically with the question of indoor parking, (488,000 housing units provide parking spaces, commercial and concessionary carparks). The role and uses of these carparks are profoundly put into question in the current context with fewer Parisian households owning cars and the drop in cars being used to get around Paris as well as the metropolis.

Tomorrow indoor carparks will no longer only serve the function of providing parking spaces for privately owned vehicles, they should be redefined locally in regards to the uses they could be put to (car-sharing, car-pooling, two-wheel vehicles and active mobility). Key players questioned no longer position themselves only as carpark operators, but as actors of mobility who are also open to other uses and the partial transformation of carparks for the benefit of urban logistics, agriculture, sports facilities…

A 4th part is shortly to come out and will propose illustrated transformation scenarios.

Press contact : Quentin Treton - email - 01 83 97 63 59


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