Residential on-site carsharing and off-street parking in the San Francisco Bay Area, California

Charles Rivasplata, Zhan Guo, Richard Lee, David Keyon

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Abstract

This research explores the recent practice of connecting on-site carsharing service with off-street parking standards in multifamily developments; the San Francisco Bay Area, California, is used as a case study. If implemented well, such a policy could help boost the carsharing industry and reduce off-street parking, which is often criticized as being oversupplied as a result of excessive off-street parking standards. In 2011, the authors surveyed all carsharing sites in the Bay Area and all new residential developments (completed after 2000) with on-site carsharing spaces. The results showed that a significant number of carsharing spaces were located on residential properties, but 70% of the spaces had been retrofitted into existing buildings. For the new developments, on-site carsharing did not result in a reduction in the amount of regular off-street parking. Interviews with 15 professionals from three stakeholder groups (planners, developers, and service providers) revealed that even though all the stakeholders were in favor of on-site carsharing at residential developments, three major barriers existed: a lack of incentives, the complexity of access design, and high transaction costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number2359
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

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  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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