Cities everywhere are on a mission to reduce car traffic and promote sustainable mobility. The typical measures include improved public transport options as well as support for walking and cycling, and restricted use of cars from some parts of the city. However, these alone have often proven unsuccessful if not accompanied by a strong parking policy.
Nevertheless, restrictive parking policies are not always popular with mayors and city councils as it is not unusual that such policies provoke opposition from local communities and media. Urban mobility experts are therefore looking at ways to deliver new parking policies with citizen support. Combining public participation and hard data could become one of the approaches to develop and introduce new parking policies smoothly.
Idrija, a small alpine town, decided to follow its Sustainable urban mobility plan and introduce a restrictive parking policy, but in a participative manner. The aim of the new policy was to fulfil the strategic goals, such as increase the amount of safe and accessible public space and reduce the share of public space used for on-street parking.
IPoP – Institute for spatial policies was responsible for part of research and for the public participation process. Research was used to build a firm foundation for communication and discussion and increase the level of trust local community has in the process itself.