The DBBA is requesting that the City of Bend update the data that drives downtown parking policy. The information below was presented to City Council this week. Please add any comments below on what issues you feel need to be addressed in a new study.
Downtown Bend Parking Study Request 2014
A parking stall is worth $30,000 per year?
THIS is why having an updated parking policy is so important to any business district. Based upon a National Main Street Center study, EACH on-street parking stall in downtown, based on regular turnover represents $30,000 in sales. Downtown Bend needs the best policy to ensure that those coveted and extremely valuable on-street stalls are available as often as possible.
Why invest in another parking study?
The City is using antiquated data to drive parking policy.
- The last study was performed in 2002-square footage has increased 47% since.
- The users, businesses, and the entire community has changed dramatically in 12 years.
- The data collected for the last study was a measure of parking habits for one afternoon 4 weeks after September 11th on a Thursday in October 2001.
What are the parking issues?
There are questions that need to be resolved and will best be answered by collection of current, relevant data assessed by an outside expert. Some of the issues to be addressed include:
- Perception that parking is unavailable
- Pay-and-display equipment unreliable
- Users are VERY confused about parking options, choices not clear or simple
- Signage is poor, unclear, and inconsistent
- On-street parking options are limited
- Garage underutilized
- We do not understand demand or users to set appropriate time and rate policies
- Parking policy not responsive to seasonality of Bend