Dynamic Parking Pricing SFpark is pioneering parking management using demand-responsive pricing to make parking easier for urban dwellers in San Francisco, while reducing emissions due to circling for parking.
ENVIRONMENTAL Thirty percent of traffic in central business districts is vehicles searching for parking.1
SOCIAL Double-parked cars cause accidents, and distracted drivers looking for parking are more likely to collide with pedestrians, cyclists, or other cars. Better parking management results in fewer accidents and safer roads.
ECONOMIC Better parking management is good for economic vitality by making it easier to access and enjoy the city’s commercial areas.
Developed in USA Deployed in USA
Under the slogan “Circle Less, Live More,” SFpark manages parking demand in San Francisco by collecting and distributing real-time information about where parking is available. To help achieve the right level of parking availability, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage rates. The aim is to reduce double parking and the time distracted drivers circle looking for parking. The program reduces congestion, wasted time and fuel, while improving the speed and reliability of public transit, access to businesses, and road safety. Furthermore, SFpark engages citizens by encouraging independent developers and researchers to use its public data and open source code to create new apps and data. Why a Sustainia100 solution? Effective parking management encourages potential drivers to take other modes of transportation and reduces carbon emissions. Lessons learned from the project are documented and publicly available, which will help scale demand-responsive pricing to the entire city and persuade other cities to adopt a similar approach.
The SFpark project covers about 25% of San Francisco’s 29,200 parking meters.
“BETTER PARKING MANAGEMENT IS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR IMPROVING A CITY’S SUSTAINABILITY, QUALITY OF LIFE, AND ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS.” JAY PRIMUS, PROGRAM MANAGER, SFPARK
Shoup,”Cruising for parking.”
Solution by the City of San Francisco and the SFpark project 134