Berkeley has embarked on yet another
plan to alleviate traffic congestion, pollution and parking problems.
This one sounds like a really great idea.
It's called goBerkeley and it was sparked by Mayor Tom Bates.
here for the news story about it.
The basic ideas:
temporary metered parking changes.
This is the idea of Don Shoup, to dynamically adjust parking prices
by time of day, how long parked and location.
This scheme has been shown to free up downtown parking slots,
among other reasons because
people are motivated not to hog parking resources.
- Encourage City CarShare to deploy more car pods in Berkeley.
This service (which I use right now) allows one to rent a car
for short-term, picking it up an convenient neighborhood locations (the pods).
City CarShare pods will be especially enouraged in the parking
garage of apartment buildings, motivating car-free living.
- The city will give out 1,000 free one-year AC Transit passes to employees of
businesses in the downtown area, Southside and the Elmwood.