When starting a parking inventory, you should interview local stakeholders to learn about perceived parking needs and problems. Try to get the local stakeholders involved in the survey and in the search for solutions. Is overcrowding a problem for only a few blocks or is there a mismatch between supply and demand covering a large area? What times of the day do the problems occur, and is this weekdays only or are weekends involved? How you design your survey will depend on the answers to these questions.
The survey includes an inventory of spaces, counts of vehicles parked, and an analysis of the results. In total the survey should give you a clear picture of how existing parking is being used in the area surveyed. How the demand for parking might change in the future is a different type of analysis, and we’ll give you some ideas about how to go about doing that in the last section below.
These basic survey procedures apply whether you are surveyed a central business district or just an individual lot to determine future parking requirements. If you are surveying a single private parking lot you should certainly explain your purpose before counting there. For an area survey, widespread publicity is not recommended so as not to influence the outcome, but notification of the local police and operators of enclosed, gated lots is necessary.
Count the number of spaces, on the street and off, for each of the numbered parking areas. If spaces aren’t marked, take the maximum number of vehicles you found parked, and estimate how many additional vehicles could be parked without blocking other vehicles, fire lanes, trash receptacles, etc. You can use the chart below to estimate on-street parking, as you are counting.
Are they private parking spaces, restricted to employees and customers, Handicapped plates only, loading zones or trucks only?
Are there limitations on how long or what hours of the day the spaces may be used?
Where a fee is charged, what are the rates?
This information can all be recorded as you are counting the numbers of vehicles parked, but if that count will cover many block and parking areas in a limited amount of time it is probably best to prepare this inventory before you begin counting cars. You should include bicycle parking racks, rings, and all types of equipment specifically designed for bicycle use in this inventory.
Moving may be the most stressful thing one can do, To help keep sanity, I Have created a master to-do list. I broke it down week-by-week for the final month before you can move in order to not only accomplish it all, but do it within the time frame that makes sense.
Here is the list.
• Haven written your notice to the landlord.
• Schedule movers, clean out closets and your belongings ready, and decide what furniture will work in the new place.
• Get boxes and packing materials, start packing, begin with non-essentials and work up to necessities as you get closer to moving day.
• Start taking down art and photos from the wall and patch the holes with a dab of spackle.
• Change your address with your all financial institutions, credit card providers and insurance.
• Send a mass email to your contacts with your new mailing address.
• Cancel or forward utilities: gas, water, electricity, garbage, cable/internet, phone and cell phone. Remember to collect any refunds from prorated service or deposits.
• If you have plants to move, stop watering them now so they’re not heavy and dripping on moving day.
• Pack, pack, pack.
• Pack an essentials box with everything you’ll need for the first night in your new home: sheets so you can make the bed, a few plates, cups and silverware, basic toiletries for a shower, and your phone charger.
• Hire professional cleaners or schedule a block of time to thoroughly clean the empty apartment.
• Leave a written copy of your forwarding address with your landlord so he can return your deposit.
• Do a final walk-through/inspection with your landlord and finally, return the keys.
Moving is tough, but it helps immensely to have a plan so it’s not so overwhelming. Now it’s your turn, I hope this list guides you through.