Provo Parking Plan Public Kickoff Meeting


Do you care about Parking in Provo? You should.

Join in with other residents and municipal leaders to help create a city-wide parking plan on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

This is your chance to weigh in on an important issue that will directly affect cyclists for years to come. Should parking take precedence over wide sidewalks and bike lanes? Does every stall need to be for a car or should bike parking be included as a part of the plan (as it is in Salt Lake)? How do we weigh the need for parking spaces with the need for other public facilities (green space, bike lanes, public transportation, etc.) Now is the time to let your voice be heard.

If you’d like to read up on some of the issues surrounding parking, take a look at these insightful essays: The Cost of Free Parking, Free Parking or Free Markets, Free Parking Comes at a Price,  Salt Lake Rolls Out New Bike Corrals, Direct Costs of Urban Travel (image), Downtown Provo Parking Map (interactive map).

Check out more information from the Provo press release below:

Parking Plan Public Kickoff Meeting

Post Date: 11/06/2014 7:50 AM

Provo, Utah – (November 4, 2014) – The Provo community is invited to a presentation and public input forum that will be held at the Provo Municipal Council Chambers on Thursday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

The forum will be conducted by representatives from Kimley-Horn and Associates, a national consulting firm that has been engaged to create a Strategic Parking Management Plan for the City of Provo.  The goal of this planning effort is to develop recommendations for a customer-focused and effective parking management program that will complement the City of Provo’s larger strategic and economic development goals.

Kimley-Horn has conducted similar planning efforts in cities across the United States and the presentation will include an overview of the project scope, as well as examples of “Best-In-Class” parking management practices from communities similar to Provo. The forum will be led by Dennis Burns, CAPP, Regional Vice President of Kimley-Horn and Associates, a nationally recognized parking expert who speaks on a variety of parking and transportation topics both nationally and internationally. Mr. Burns has been honored as the International Parking Institute’s “Parking Professional of the Year” and was invited by the White House to be a speaker at the first “Green Government Symposium” held on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mr. Burns will be joined by Vanessa Solesbee, President of The Solesbee Group. Ms. Solesbee will present a brief case study of how the community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa successfully implemented a Strategic Parking Management Plan.

The forum will serve as the project’s official “kick-off” and is the first of many opportunities for the Provo community to provide feedback on the Strategic Parking Management Plan. The consulting team will be meeting individually with key community stakeholders during throughout November and December, and will hold another public input forum in early December, which will feature top parking and transportation program managers from across the country. There will also be several opportunities to provide feedback online via a new “Vision Provo” virtual town hall website, which will be launched in conjunction with this public meeting.

For more information about this public input forum or the Strategic Parking Management Plan, please call or email Josh Yost at 801-852-6408 or jyost@provo.org

Image: A new buffered bicycle lane in downtown Salt Lake balances sidewalk space, on-street parking, off-street parking, and roadway.

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