Re: Reducing parking spaces
From: Willow Murphy (
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:15:14 -0700 (PDT)
Our community has a car sharing group, and we have installed solar panels
on our common house.  So far, we have a charging station and one electric
car, run off of the solar power.    The plan is over time for more people
to buy in to electric cars and/ or start car sharing, thus eliminating at
least some privately owned gas run cars.  This will indirectly help our
parking space shortage, though isn't the main purpose behind our plans.
 All of this is easier because many of our residents are retired and don't
have tight schedules.
Sand River Cohousing
Santa Fe, New Mexico

On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM, Thomas Lofft <tlofft [at]> wrote:

> [Doug Hanvey hanvey [at]  wrote:
> Subject: [C-L]_ Reducing parking spaces
> Our forming community would like to minimize the number of parking spaces
> per unit.  We've been thinking of ways to discourage on-site parking (we
> live in a bike-friendly town near a bus stop). One idea was to charge
> residents for the use of parking spaces. Does anyone have any experience
> with this, or suggestions for other unique ways of reducing/discouraging
> car use, and thus minimizing the need for parking spaces?
>  Doug Hanvey, Bloomington Cohousing, Bloomington, Indiana]
> I suggest that in every case of seeking cultural change, sweets will aways
> obtain better responses than sticks.
> If your true objective is to reduce direct fuel consuming automotive
> travel, the community could make a mass purchase of all electric vehicles,
> thus diverting the fossil fuel consumption to an off site generating
> station.
> If your true objective is to reduce all personal vehicle use, the
> community could acquire an all electric powered or pedal powered shuttle
> vehicle and provide scheduled or on-demand jitney service to reachable
> destinations.
> If your true objective is to reduce/eliminate private vehicle ownership,
> contacting for 100% Flex Car services could be negotiated along with
> covenant amendments to prohibit personal ovned vehicles or impose cost
> restrictive penalties through premium pricing for parking sites.
> If your true objective is solely to reduce the number of parking spaces
> per unit, whether legal or not, just cover the asphalt areas with large,
> immovable potted plants in concrete boxes.
> After first considering what are your real objectives, and having
> discussed the social and economic merits of those objectives with all
> stakeholders, both inside and outside the community, alternatives to
> penalties are to provide attractive alternatives such as bringing into the
> community everything that residents used to travel outside to acquire;
> providing culturally acceptable personal travel alternatives, whether
> Flex-Car rentals or communally owned; providing group shuttles, whether
> rented or communally owned, powered vehicles or multi-seat pedicabs; or
> psychologically reducing/eliminating the demands of residents for anything
> outside the community.
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