Parking policy – the San Francisco experience

Where presented/published

2018 Transportation Conference, Queenstown

This presentation discusses demand-responsive parking management based on the San Francisco model. It’s known over there as SFpark and is radically different in many ways to what is done by local authorities in New Zealand. The SFpark approach addresses congestion, environmental issues, and pretty much guarantees drivers that they will find a park where they want it. Retailers and the driving public thus love it! A key element is demand-responsive pricing and for that to work, council staff need to be given delegated authority to set parking fees, as they need to be adjusted frequently. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) produced this video prior to starting the new parking management regime in July 2011.

Axel gave this presentation at the Transportation Group Conference in Queenstown in one of the plenary sessions. It was a fill-in at short notice (10 minutes) after one of the keynote speakers did not make it to the conference. Consequently, there is no abstract for this presentation, but interested parties are welcome to contact the presenter.

Axel Downard-Wilke
Director – Principal Transportation Engineer & Transportation Planner