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Support for Consideration of Parking Pricing

From: domainremoved <Dale>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:29:16 -0700

Dear Menlo Park City Council and City Staff,

Thank you for your work on updating Menlo Park's General Plan and working
to make the City's transportation system ready for the future. However,
these plans can still be strengthened by the inclusion of more
forward-looking parking policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
reduce congestion, and benefit businesses. I urge you to include the
consideration of priced parking in the Circulation Element of the General
Plan and in the biennial update of the Downtown/El Camino Specific plan.

While unlimited free parking may initially appear attractive and beneficial
to all parties, countless academic studies of parking and transportation
trends have shown that free parking greatly inflates driving rates, leading
to congestion, pollution, and health and safety issues. Fortunately, adding
new parking pricing in the right way can benefit all parties, especially
through demand-based parking systems, which reflect the true value of a
parking space and create enough open spaces so that people can find parking
when needed. This allows customers to get parking quickly near their
destination and could reduce the need for businesses to build wasteful
parking lots on valuable land. And by using parking meters that accept
credit cards or payment by app, there will be very little inconvenience for

Perhaps most importantly, priced parking will make alternative modes like
bicycling, walking, and public transportation more attractive, reducing
congestion and carbon emissions. When parking is free for the driver,
driving is subsidized by the city and by taxpayers, preventing residents
and visitors from making a truly informed choice. If the ambitious and very
necessary plans for better bike infrastructure and transit options are to
succeed, we need to include smart, convenient priced parking in Menlo Park
in our plans for the future of the city.

For more information about the costs of free parking, consider this article
<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/business/economy/15view.html> in the New
York Times or this information
provided by Los Angeles County.

Thank you,

*Dale Hall | Research Associate*



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Received on Tue Oct 06 2015 - 17:30:11 PDT

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