Is residential parking back on the Paris political agenda?

Is the issue of residential parking coming back to the fore? This is the case according to  an article published this week in  le Parisien  which announces a future, but- as yet -potential, rising price of residential parking in the capital. According to the interview carried out by the journalist with new mayor Anne Hidalgo, this tack would make it possible to respond to “the issues of parking rotation and soft traffic.”

If this increase came into being, it would constitute a real reversal of the City of Paris’s parking policy. When looking at a previous article written during the municipal campaign, we noticed that, in terms of parking policy, candidates had preferred to position themselves on supply (the alternative) rather than restriction, amounting to neither of them speaking out to question residential parking. Yet this is a lever that would have two direct effects:

  • An initial effect on Parisian demotorisation. While much of the Parisian population hold onto their cars although they do not use them, or use them very little, they also do so because they have privileged parking (less than 4 euros per week in contrast with 2 euros an hour for others). Without the availability of this parking, one portion will give up their private car (in favour of a shared car) which another (richer) portion will give up the street space for off-street parking.
  • A second one one the reserve parking spaces which today are non-existant in Paris. The surface spots freed up by Parisians will be freed to favour non-residents who will come back to consume in Paris, reducing negative externalities brought about by the time required to search for a parking spot (traffic, pollution, noise, lack of safety) without causing a leech car effect (when paying 2 euros an hour with efficient monitoring one does not occupy a space for the entire day).

 

The following article contains an excerpt from the article “Parisian mobility in the electoral campaign” (10 March 2014)

Photo credit: 6t research, 2015

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