Helsinki comprehensive parking policy
Topic of the practice
Energy and sustainable transport
Good Practice Information
The parking policy draft recognizes the need to involve different administrative sectors and interest groups.
The seven strategic guidelines include:
1) sustainable land use (by mixed use, shared parking and prioritizing cycle and short-term car parking);
2) recognizing different needs for different areas in the city
3) need for regional cooperation (Transport System Plan area);
4) lowering the price of accommodation (by separating the price of parking from the price of owning/renting a flat);
5) improving the transparency and “user pays” principle in the parking fees;
6) recognizing the needs of different users;
7) basing the parking solutions in the wintertime conditions (as the winter maintenance forms the majority of the running costs of streetside parking).
Evidence of success
The parking solutions are going to be developed more on the basis of real needs of residents and businesses. Especially the parking measures caused by road winter maintenance are monitored by a public participation web service (piloted in the winter 2012/2013). The new comprehensive parking policy aims to analyse the core principles of parking policy holistically.