Developers Re-think ParkingNovember 19, 2009
Today’s Oregonian has a short piece on a development in the Boise neighborhood where new residents are showing up without cars:
“I think the developers are sorry they spent $20,000 per space on parking,” says Ben Kaiser, a Portland architect and developer. He says builders will start thinking more about providing sheltered parking for bicycles, especially as the market grows for expensive custom-built bike frames that riders won’t want to leave locked up outdoors.
Two recent Planning Commission recommendations touch directly on this:
- As part of RICAP 5 we recommended increasing the bike parking ratio in mult-unit dwellings
- As part of our Bicycle Plan for 2030 recommendation, we called for an assessment of what policies would help allocate parking between cars and bikes (and perhaps reduce the amount of total area required for parking)
Perhaps market forces will beat us to the punch!