- Officials tally approximately 260,000 on-street parking spaces in the city, a figure they say hasn’t changed significantly in the last decade.
- “In the District, we’ve...seen car ownership decline,”
So if there are the same number of parking spaces, but fewer cars needing them, why has this placed "added strain" on the number of on-street parking spaces?
Anyway the article correctly notes that
That’s due in part to the fact that the District has been faster than many cities to adopt new forms of transportation. Beyond the Metrorail and Metrobus systems, the popular Capital Bikeshare program allows members to share bicycles stationed around the city
And then there is this
“The public [road] system is being used as storage,” Rao said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s what the street is for."
Is it? Awesome. I'm pulling all my stuff out of my storage unit and putting it in the street.
But is that the best method for dealing with those precious spaces? I only ask that question.
No. It surely isn't in every case. Some bus lanes and bike lanes could make car use less necessary (thus freeing up parking), increase mobility, improve health and save people a lot of money.