Make the Stanley Park the greenest urban city park in North America
During the summer, Stanley Park is very busy with visitors. Usually on Sunday, parking spaces within the park are quickly filled. As a result, many visitors drive around the park several times looking for parking spots wasting fuels, and making the experience less enjoyable. Tourist buses often have older engines that are not only inefficient, but they are polluting the air with their harmful exhaust fumes. The solution would be to create parking only at the park entrance. The city can promote the use of alternative energy method of transportation by allowing electric, solar and manual-powered vehicles inside the park. The current parking lot on Georgia street entrance can be turned into an automated multi-story car park to replace all the parking spaces inside the park.
The removal of car parking, and appropriate pricing mechanisms can achieve this end without the need to build unsightly and expensive multi-level parking garages. Index the demand for parking to 85% of the supply through the use of appropriate rates. This way, people are not circling the park, looking for parking. It also serves as a disincentive to driving, which is the ultimate goal...not to provide ample cheap parking at the park entrance. After all, most of the emissions and GHGs are generated for the much longer trip to and from the park, then the relatively short distance traveled from the park entrance to a parking lot.
Knowing that parking is limited, and expensive, serves as a significant disincentive to using an automobile to make the trip. There is no use in driving if there is no where to park your car!
@ Vandretti This is a really interesting idea! It is also one that crosses a lot of our categories - from reduce greenhouse gases to travel predominately by foot, bike or transit. I placed this idea in the the Access to Nature category as that working group has staff from the Parks Board who administer Stanley Park.