Time of day parking is a simple low-cost high return on investment solution that has been utilized in other cities with great success to provide on-street parking at off-peak hours. How it works is that one of the two travel lanes in the same direction become on-street parallel parking during off peak hours and weekends. For example, all lanes would be open to cars during rush hour from 7 AM – 9:30 AM and from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. At other times of the day one travel lane would become curbside parking. Here is a picture of it being applied in Miami.
North Miami Avenue isn’t quite as pretty as the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but allowing on-street parking in unneeded travel lanes is one of the first steps in the recovery from stroad to street.
There are plenty of locations where this strategy could benefit West Palm Beach. Here are a few locations:
- Olive Avenue (Federal Highway) from Evernia to Clematis. There is already a nascent out-door restaurant scene developing and most of the buildings contain ground floor walk up retail that could benefit from having mid-day, evening, and weekend on-street parking.
- Flagler Blvd. in front of Clematis park. I would love to see those unneeded lanes turned into on-street parking for the Saturday Green Market. The on-street parking might convey the proper context to slow cars down on Flagler so you don’t have to take your life in your hands to cross from the park to get to the water.
- Dixie Highway south of Okeechobee. This section should go on a four to three lane road diet, but that won’t happen overnight. There is a lot of great stuff going on in this area and simple strategy like this could be the tipping point. In a recent Palm Beach Post article one observer dubbed this area the next Greenwich Village.
- Quadrille – five lane section from 3rd to Dixie.
Still not convinced? The reference section of the blog contains a report from the Hillsborough County MPO on this concept. The report includes case studies from Miami, Richmond Virginia, and Washington D.C. It should be noted that all of the case studies had great success. From the study, the only thing Miami would have done differently would be to “Provide this opportunity sooner.”
What are we waiting for? This is a low risk experiment.
P.S. It would be nice if the City employed some Donald Shoup principles and not charged for this newly found parking.