Re: Reducing parking spaces
From: nancybtoo (
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:21:54 -0700 (PDT)
Our community (Coho Ecovillage in Corvallis, Oregon) has 43 parking spaces for 34 households.

There are generally 3-4 empty spaces each night.

We have 7 households with 2 cars. One household with no car. Otherwise 1 car per household totaling 39 so I think I counted about right.

How did we get so lucky? We live about 1 mile and a half south of a healthy downtown in a bicycle friendly community. We can bike across town in 25 minutes (driving would take 15 minutes).

Downtown offers (in descending order of importance to me) a hardware store, independent movie theatre, 3 bike shops, lots of places to eat, thrift stores, a brewing supply store, a dance studio. See to learn more about independent businesses in Corvallis.

We also live on a bus route with the most frequent busses in Corvallis. Busses are fareless so no need to fumble for change.

On 6/19/2013 11:13 AM, Doug Hanvey wrote:

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
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