From traffic flow to pedestrian access: Shifting Mumbai’s parking policy

In a recent study, the International Energy Agency (IEA ) projected that the area required for parking in India if motorization trends continue as they are today will reach between 10,000 and 20,000 square kilometers (3,861 to 7,722 square miles) by 2050 – an area up to 35 times the current size of the entire city of Mumbai. With the country’s urban population expected to top 820 millionby the same year, Indian cities face a choice: are we going to create cities for vehicles or the people who live in them? Effective parking management is a crucial element to sustainable urban growth, particularly in Mumbai – where the Metropolitan Regional Development Authority has reported that up to 52% of total trips are made via walking. But the city’s parking policies favor motorists, which has generated many negative impacts, including inaccessible streets for non-motorized transport users, traffic congestion, poor ventilation, and a lack of priority for public transport. All of these factors contribute to an overwhelming parking crisis in Mumbai. It’s time for a revision of the city’s parking policies. read the full article: