A recent article in the Winnepeg Free Press stated that “parking lots are asphalt deserts that create pedestrian dead zones” and are a “blot on downtown landscape.”
Winnipeg is reported to have some of the largest urban parking lots in Canada. Downtown residential population is low and the usage of public transit has declined which results in a high demand for parking for daily commuters
Developers are arguing that the redevelopment of adjacent sites can not happen successfully without the drive-up convenience of adjoining surface parking.
However, a clean, safe, walkable and interesting urban experience attracts people. Increased density and improved urban quality is a catalyst for residential growth. This in turn improves the perception of safety and provides support for new amenities and commercial activity. Downtown surface parking lots dilute all of these desirable characteristics.
The car is not the enemy, nor is the elimination of cars the solution. Successful cities manage their parking requirements with centralized parking structures that provide safety and convenience while maintaining a cohesive urban form.
Automated parking garages provide the type of centralized parking structures that improve urban landscapes. A Robotic Parking System that parks twice as many cars in half the space:
- gives architects and developers more freedom to design and create greener and more livable communities without the need for sprawling parking lots.
- provides safe, convenient parking that gets cars off the road and creates space that could be used for pedestrians and bicycles.
- offers the convenience of valet parking without the valet.
- generates less pollution and greenhouse gases.
- provides complete flexibility in the design of the facade which can increase aesthetics and allow the garage to blend with any neighborhood or project.
Robotic Parking Systems offers solutions for urban environments that create more green space, less parking space and remove the blot on downtown landscapes.
via Winnepeg Free Press
A driver reversed his Mercedes through a brick wall on the seventh floor of a multi-story parking garage after getting his foot stuck between the brake and the accelerator as he attempted to back into a space in the Bank of America building’s parking garage in Tulsa, OK.
While no one was hurt, around half a dozen vehicles parked below were hit with bricks from up to 70 feet in the air. More damage was averted as the car came to rest with its trunk hanging out of the building.
One woman said the roof and windows of her 2008 Toyota Corolla had been smashed by the falling debris. “Basically, everything has been damaged but the back bumper.”
This can’t happen with a Robotic Parking System. You drop off and pick up your car at well lighted, ground level entry / exit stations. No one enters or drives within the inside of the garage since the vehicles are moved via a computerized system of machines and lifts. Automated parking garages offer safety and security.
The United Kingdom is reported to be implementing regulations that are specifically designed to control carbon emissions, and not just for commercial buildings. The government has set a target of 60% reduction of its total CO2 emissions by 2050. Every household in the United Kingdom will need to reduce resources consumed to meet this challenge.
Additionally, Great Britain has already adopted policies that require all new housing stock to be Carbon Neutral by the year 2016. They are working towards implementing carbon taxes to motivate companies to look closely at the way that they consume energy and goods, and reward citizens that show initiative in responding to this crisis. The act of carbon counting is beginning to permeate a multitude of sectors in the UK.
Robotic Parking Systems offers parking solutions that help reduce carbon emissions. In a car park recently opened in Dubai, CO2 emissions were reduced by more than 100 tons per year with comparable reductions in other pollutants and greenhouse gases. It additionally saved 9,000 gallons of gasoline per year contributing significantly to a reduced carbon footprint.
Check out the Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. channel on YouTube. These videos will give you a better idea of how automated parking works.
The space created by Robotic Parking Systems’ high volume, very efficient garages gives architects and developers more options for creating greener and more livable communities.
US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, recently stated that Americans want more mobility options.
People are always going to drive cars, and no one realistically expects that to change. Federal, state and local governments have a huge investment in our roads and interstate highway system; however, there are many modes of transportation available in this country. Why not make space for bicycling and walking which will create greener, more livable communities?
At the National Bike Summit, Secretary LaHood reported that the Department of Transportation (DOT) is integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally funded road projects. He stated, “We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”
To get this initiative started, the US DOT formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:
- Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
- Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
- Go beyond minimum design standards.
- Collect data on walking and biking trips.
- Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
- Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
- Improve non-motorized facilities during maintenance projects.
Urban planners, architects and developers need more space and fewer cars to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Research reports show that over 50% of the traffic in a typical downtown area is just cars cruising around the block searching for vacant, convenient parking spaces.
A Robotic Parking Systems garage offers a solution for safe, convenient parking that gets cars off the road and creates space that could be used for pedestrians and bicycles. An automated parking garage can fit twice as many cars in half the space. The better space utilization for parking allows architects and developers more freedom to design and create greener and more livable communities.