It’s a fact: cars are the dominant mode of transportation from home to work in cities. Traffic jams stretch for miles, the air is thick with pollution, and people start their days already stressed. Next, they get to their workplace and struggle to find a parking spot. At the end of the day, they fight the same traffic jams. This is the reality for many cities around the world, and it’s not sustainable.
Now, in this guide we are going to try and come up with some solutions for managing situations in the parking lots belonging to offices and business campuses.
So, here’s our plan:
- Understand how to drive efficiency in the parking lot,
- Design parking lot policies that work,
- Understand which tools can be of use in the management of office parking lots.
But we want to go even further than this. As mentioned, commuting, parking, city transportation, these are all connected.
Commuting by car is transforming cities, but not in a positive way.
The negative impact of commuting by car in cities is undeniable. Traffic congestion leads to wasted time, increased pollution, and decreased quality of life for residents. The construction of highways and parking lots has resulted in the loss of green spaces and habitats, contributing to the loss of biodiversity and worsening the urban heat island effect. Additionally, the health impacts of air pollution and sedentary lifestyles associated with driving have become a major concern for individuals and communities.
Little by little cities are beginning to embrace change. Smart parking and transportation systems, alternative modes of transportation such as biking and public transit, and urban design that prioritizes walkability and green space are all solutions that can help transform cities into more livable, sustainable, and inspiring places.
The challenge ahead is significant, but the rewards are even greater. By transforming the way we commute, we can create more sustainable, fair, and resilient cities. Cities where people can breathe clean air, connect with nature, and move around easily and efficiently.
Cities that inspire and excite us, and that we can be proud to call home.
This is why we also want to talk about two more topics in this guide:
- How to embrace smart parking,
- The bigger picture: smart and sustainable cities.
Now, let’s look at some data to better understand what’s going on:
- Despite the public discussion on climate protection and mobility transition, the car density in Germany increased by 12%, between 2009 and 2019, meaning an increase from an average of 509 to 569 cars per 1,000 inhabitants – Destatis.
- Nearly 76% of U.S. workers commuted to work alone in 2019 (U.S. Census).
- In Brazil and South Korea people also drive to work in their own car, but the percentage is lower than in the US or Europe below 60% – Statista Global Consumer Survey
Now, does it seem only to us, or do the cities now belong to cars, not people?
Just some food for thought 😊
Next, let’s start diving into our topics.