Topic outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction

    No city is entirely free of parking challenges, but charging for something that was previously free can be an unpopular decision for a city to take. Using examples from cities that have successfully implemented new parking pricing schemes, this course will address issues such as: How can you increase citizen acceptance of a new (or higher) parking charge? Is it fair to make drastic changes in transport conditions? How do you find the "correct" level of charging? And what is the role of enforcement in parking pricing?

  • Unit 2: Introduction to parking charges

    The amount of parking and how it is regulated can have a considerable impact on several aspects of a city. This unit explains the rationale behind municipal regulation of parking, and discusses the benefits of implementing measures to minimize the impact of parking on the urban landscape and its inhabitants.

  • Unit 3: Off-street Parking

    Local authorities’ requirements for off-street parking have a number of impacts on the residents and businesses that need to comply. This unit explains the three main types of parking requirements, and explores the options for decoupling parking from housing.

  • Unit 4: Curb parking/on-street parking

    Street parking is often cheap compared to off-street parking. This gives rise to a number of problems for road users of all modes, as streets become congested. This unit explains how a balance can be struck between off- and on-street parking in order to address these problems.

  • Unit 5: Taxes and financial incentives

    National regulation and taxes on parking can have large impacts on the traffic situation. In this unit we will look closer at different taxes and regulations and their impacts.

  • Unit 6: Acceptance

    Charging for something that was previously free is often very unpopular and thus politically difficult to carry out. In this unit, we will explore the challenges and solutions for gaining acceptance of parking pricing measures.

  • Unit 7: Conclusion

    What have you learned and what else can you learn from the TIDE project?