In the US, the number of parking lots on public streets has been steadily declining for the past 15 years.
That trend is set to continue.
Al Jazeera’s Alina Fazl, reporting from San Francisco, said the number had dropped from 3.7 million in 2004 to 3.1 million in 2016.
The number of people using public parking spaces fell from 5.3 million in 2007 to 5.1 and 5.4 million in 2014.
“There’s been a huge reduction in parking, and there’s a lot of people in the city that are going to park in those spaces, and we’re going to need to figure out how to make it less of a hassle,” Fazb said.
“That’s a challenge, because in order to make the parking lot more attractive, you need to make a lot more parking lots available.”
What is the city planning for when the next big parking crisis hits?
The City of Philadelphia has made a lot about parking on its streets, particularly in the suburbs.
The city has been looking at how to manage parking, such as creating bike-share programs, improving sidewalks and making the streets bike-friendly.
In addition, the city has announced plans to build a $100 million pedestrian bridge connecting the city’s downtown and suburbs.
But Fazf says the city should also be thinking about how to create more space for people to walk to work, shopping and social events.
“If we want to get the most bang for our buck, we need to consider ways to make our streets more walkable and less car-centric,” Fazz said.
And she thinks there’s also room for more density and development around transit stations.
“We can make the streets more transit-friendly by increasing density in some places, and I think that’s a good thing,” she said.
But she thinks that should only be done with the city trying to find ways to build on existing infrastructure.
“You can’t just build a new transit facility and have it automatically transform every single intersection,” she told Alina.
“It’s a difficult question, because you need a lot to work out to make sure that these changes actually work.”
In the meantime, the City of New York is planning to launch a pilot project in 2018 to test whether a bus station can be made more pedestrian-friendly, as it currently is.
In 2018, the mayor and New York City Transit Authority (NYC Transit) also plan to test the feasibility of turning a portion of the Astor Place Mall into a pedestrian mall.
But they don’t have any concrete plans yet, and Fazs comments suggest that there will likely be more testing to come.
And the City’s Vision Zero policy says that when people commit to walking, cycling or using public transit to make their lives easier, they should be required to spend an extra $2 a day on a helmet.