On Reinventing Parking, a post wonders about the possibility of turning parking spaces into something else.
A good case study is Rome: here, zoning laws and parking requirements are rarely enforced and so, as soon as the land values rise, parking spaces turn into something more profitable.
Here are a few examples:
On the other side, in Switzerland zoning laws and parking requirements are strictly enforced: anyway, garages are still able to be repurposed.
Here is an example in Lausanne: a parking garage turned into a supermarket.
Riding a bike is a pleasant, cheap and environmentally friendly way to move around the city, but has its own things to worry about. One of the main issues is parking your bike in a safe way.
A good solution would be providing indoor (and controlled) bike parking, an option that architects and developper often forget. New York Times didn’t escape from this mistake, and built a a brand new, energy-saving building, but without a bike parking.
NYT employees had to fight hard for their right to bike to work… you can read all the story here.