Rethinking the park in parking spaces

Parking spaces don’t have to be consigned to cars. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is ready to help businesses and organizations reclaim in-street parking for bike corrals and parklets citywide this summer after seeing some successful pilot projects in late 2011.

In August 2011, the University City District and MOTU celebrated the opening two parklets in University City – raised platforms with planters and seating in the place of parking spaces. Back in September, I wrote about the funny car-shaped bike corral parked on Sydenham just below Walnut Street. It was installed by the Bicycle Coalition for Park(ing) Day 2011, but thanks to steady use and a bit of fundraising, the corral has become part of the streetscape.

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