Augmenting the Value of Public Space: Opportunities for Action at the Municipal Level – A Legal Assessment

  • Project Duration: 01/2018 - 09/2018

Fewer parking spots boost quality of life while also freeing up space for other forms of use. While municipalities enjoy some freedom of action to optimize urban planning, they require expanded authority.

When city streets are made equally available to all individuals – including pedestrian and bicyclists – quality of life increases. Ensuring fewer cars on the road, more bike paths, more green space, and more pedestrian areas are among the key priorities of rational urban planning. Indeed, the amount of urban area dedicated to vehicle traffic must be restricted if we hope to make cities more attractive as places to live.

When combined with local transport networks, intelligent parking management and collaborative mobility services can minimize the volume of traffic engaged in a search for parking spots while also reducing parking spot demand – without reducing personal mobility. While municipalities can take positive action to re-designate parking spaces and promote shared mobility services, in many cases, they face a range of legal hurdles and restrictions.

The goal of this project is to shed light on the opportunities for action at the municipal level given the complicated framework in which city officials must operate. Against this backdrop, the project specifically examines key actions that can be taken to improve parking management and promote car sharing services. A further aim of the project is to highlight the legal reforms that are needed in this area. The legal assessment being undertaken as part of this study is highly unique, for a comprehensive legal examination of this nature has never been conducted to date.

The law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH) has been contracted with carrying out the assessment.

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