MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Melisa Tintocalis

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MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Melisa Tintocalis

  1. 1. Outside the Box: Repurposing Parking for Placemaking, Sprawl Repair, and Better Transit MAPC’s sParking Ideas April 8, 2014
  2. 2. WHAT?! In Lexington? Creating Massachusetts’s 1st Parklet & Bike Corral
  3. 3. Massachusetts Avenue – looking west Lexington, MA
  4. 4. The State’s 1st Parklet & Bike Corral 1720 Mass Ave
  5. 5. Grand Opening: June 15, 2013 Assembling the decking: Nearly 300 SF of renewed public space
  6. 6. The Rationale Placemaking & Economic Benefits
  7. 7. Placemaking “Capitalizes on a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential- ultimately creating good public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being” source: www.pps.com William Whyte Jane Jacobs A multi-facetedapproach to the planning, design and managementof public spaces
  8. 8. Average Monthly Customer Expenditures by Mode of Travel 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Bike Walk Auto Transit $61 $76 $66 $58 Bicyclists & Pedestrians spend less per trip BUT the number of trips are greater = the overall expenditures are greater than auto users. Total expenditures at bars, convenience stores, and restaurants Economic Benefits of Bikes & Peds
  9. 9. Economic Benefits
  10. 10. Economic Benefits
  11. 11. OUR 6-STEP APPROACH To creating new bike and public space
  12. 12. 1. Link to Economic Development Goals Promote the vitality of the Center and small business
  13. 13. 2. Partner with Local Businesses
  14. 14. UNDERUTILIZED: Placed in the front of lawn of the Post Office WELL- UTILIZED: Placed next to a café, froyo, running store
  15. 15. 3. Collaborate & Build Support Project Center Committee Bike Committee Police DPW Local Business Elected Officials Tourism
  16. 16. 4. Pilot, Pilot, Pilot
  17. 17. Use Park(ing) Day As a Pilot
  18. 18. LexingtonBikeActivity: 60%increaseAfterPilotCorralin2012 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 BEFORE CORRAL AFTER CORRAL Bicyclists Counted 5. Document Success 194 311
  19. 19. 6. Build on Success Parklet with seating & bikes for June 2013
  20. 20. Key Questions to Ask 1. How does the project align with your community’s economic development goals? 1. Who is your local business partner? Is it a compatible use? 1. How will you collaborate and build support for the project (and with who) ?

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