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One more way to gently ease people out of their cars

October 19th, 2009 · 12 Comments

A reader sent in this link on interesting efforts to tinker with the carrots and sticks for drivers in order to get them onto transit.

“Another interesting discussion for your blog perhaps?,0,2933172.story The article discusses Santa Monica’s plan to use market rates to manage their parking to short term stops, higher fees and programming to encourage transit use, walking and cycling. Other cities such as LA, Washington, DC and San Fran I believe are doing the same. I wonder how feasible that would be in Vancouver?”

We’re going to be hearing a lot more about this. As those of you who care passionately about this issue likely know, New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Kahn, is in town today talking to TransLink and City of Vancouver planners, along with giving a public lecture at Simon Fraser University tonight, all about the politics and strategy of levelling the playing field for non-car travellers. A quote I saw about her in American Prospect had her describing her self as “radically pro-choice” when it comes to ensuring that options for all forms of transportation.

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