Saturday, 13 November 2010

Parking vs moving

Parking vs moving

Consider the case of Mirpur Road near New Market. One entire lane remains almost entirely unused. In front of New Market it is filled with parked cars; the rest of that lane is empty, except for some pedestrians, as drivers are used to the idea that it is a parking lot rather than a lane, and thus don’t use it.

But if the lane were converted into an additional rickshaw lane, where would car drivers park? If we assigned one parking area for private cars at any section of New Market, and charged per time used—for instance at 30 taka/hour—then two major changes would result:

1. Those who now park all day, and thus are the least efficient users of spaces per people benefited, would park for far less time, or use alternate transport to arrive and thus not park at all;

2. Those arriving from nearby would discover it is cheaper to take a rickshaw or walk, and would thus also arrive by other means.

Both these changes would reduce traffic congestion on Mirpur Road. This would also mean that far less parking spaces are needed, thus freeing up spaces for shoppers who wish to enter and leave quickly—and are more likely actually to make purchases than those who abandon their car for hours. Businesses would also benefit from the increased number of shoppers who will be able to arrive by rickshaws when the size of the rickshaw lane would double.

Syed Saiful Alam
Volunteer, Save the Environment movement, Dhaka

1 comment:

  1. Idiotic Ideas! Can you cite an example of a modern city where an illegal, unlicensed, and unsafe vehicle like rikshaw would be allowed to ply by a driver who has no idea about traffic rules and have no regards for safety of public? The main reason for the traffic jams are millions of illegal, unauthorized rikshaws which are reducing traffic speeds and causing wastage of millions of dollars of fuel cost and valuable time. Most of the private cars spend very little time if they can travel fast and thus utilizing the road only for a short duration rather than rikshaws which occupy the streets for much higher time to travel the same distance. Most rikswahs are parked in public roads and public lands whereas private cars only use rented car parks in most cases.