Solutions to Parking Space ProblemsWhat type of Parking Space is Right for You?
Personally, I don't think today's problem is really about the lack of parking spaces. Perhaps it's actually just the overflowing number of cars and bicycles. One of the major problems paralyzing urban and capital cities as well as business districts would be traffic and the lack of enough parking spaces. This wouldn't be the case if the number of cars were limited or if other commuting options were convenient.
Let's take the urban city of Tokyo as an example. With high tax implementations on cars, expensive parking space rent, costly gasoline prices and convenient yet complex subway, train and bus routes, it has discouraged car ownership while indirectly encouraging commute through its transportation system. Additionally, with its technology, Tokyo has minimized land usage for parking spaces by building automated underground bike parking storages. This solution to the lack of parking space in the city is called Eco Cycle, is built 11 meters underground and can hold up to 200 bicycles in an area as narrow as a small hut.
Similarly, in traffic-plagued areas such as the Metro Manila, a number of law implementations have sought to provide solutions to the traffic and parking space problems. For example, a number coding scheme of vehicle plate numbers during weekdays between certain hours in a number of cities have been in effect for nearly 10 years. Despite efforts to curb heavy traffic in the area, however, it still paralyzes parts of major business areas in the Metro.
Making Tokyo our ideal, here are some possible implementations that could help alleviate traffic and shortage of parking spaces: limiting the number of car ownership by individuals through high costs in taxes or parking space rent, improving commute options especially in bus and train systems by widening the area of reach, maintaining a reliable time schedule and providing convenient ways for commuter access.
As a result of lesser cars or bicycles, parking spaces would be minimally needed. Instead, land areas could be used for more progressive means such as building factories, offices, establishments, academic institutions, research facilities or residential buildings.