Mobility in Bogotá: Pilot begins for authorized and systematized parking on public roads – Bogotá

The Ministry of Mobility (SDM) entered into an inter-administrative contract with Terminal de Transporte SA to execute a pilot test that will allow obtaining the necessary information to structure a project to regulate public parking and on-street parking and public space, complying with the provisions of the POT and the Mobility Master Plan.

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The idea is to improve the city’s road organization, meet the demand for parking, provide resources to the SITP and contribute to improving the environment.

The pilot plan will last 27 months, It will be possible to evaluate the control of the activity, the behavior of the demand, the length of stay, type of vehicle, time slot, as well as the percentage of occupancy and rotation of the parking spaces and the quantification of the evasion of the system. The execution time of this pilot test is divided into three main stages:

1. Implementation of the project with a duration of approximately three months.

2. Socialization and pedagogy, which would take two months.

3. Operation and collection of information, which is expected to be carried out in 22 months.

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This will allow observing the behavior of users in the street and the use, after the consequences derived from compulsory isolation due to the pandemic.

During the execution of the pilot project, a competitive process will be carried out, taking into account the results obtained, to select the best way to continue providing the on-street parking service in different sectors of the city.

Where will the pilot test be?

The area enabled for the on-street parking pilot test in Bogotá It will go from 100th street between North Highway and 11th race, and from that avenue to 4th race between 76th and 64th streets.

This sector was chosen because it is an area with a mix of land uses and various activities, which will allow us to know and establish various important variables for the definitive operation of the on-street parking system for Bogotá.

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Benefits of on-street parking according to Mobility

Improve the organization of the city: Drivers who circulate to find free or cheaper space on public roads can congest traffic, and those already parked can monopolize the space and prevent a turnover that could allow more customers access to businesses in the area. Also the badly parked invade the platforms of the city and take the space of our most important actor: the pedestrian. A regulation of the space to park on the road will generate an improvement in traffic and its use would be optimized, giving the required priority to pedestrians on the platforms and vehicles on the roads.

Environmental impact: when drivers circulate in search of a free or cheaper space on public roads, they generate polluting gas emissions. An efficient on-street parking solution could reduce the time a person spends driving while finding a space and, therefore, reduce polluting emissions.

As a financing instrument for the District Administration: parking is an income generator for the city, facilitates economic growth and will generate resources for the SITP.

Disincentives the use of private vehicles: Parking policies can be a powerful tool to incentivize the population to take public transport or use bicycles. Likewise, its location may increase the flow of people to areas of commerce and tourism.

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On-street parking and international references

The pilot for the implementation of on-street parking and its socialization with the community and other related activities will be in charge of Terminal de Transporte SA, a mixed economy company of the district order, linked to the mobility sector, with experience in administration, operation and maintenance of more than 4,000 spaces for vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles in several parking lots of other entities of the District, such as Dadep, IDU and IDRD.

Some of these successful cases in road parking at Terminal de Transporte SA are:

• Recovery of public space and collection of resources for the District in the parking lot on the south side of the Movistar Arena.

• Parking bays on streets 96 and 97 between careers 10.ª and 11.

• Parking bays in the towns of Fontibón and Suba.

There are international benchmarks that have implemented this type of project with great public acceptance, such as On-Street Parking in London, Regulated Parking Service in Madrid, Parking Program in Seattle, Parking on Public Roads in Mexico City and, in the case of Colombia , Regulated Parking Zones in Medellín.

The Ministry of Mobility, once the socialization phase begins during the last quarter of the year, will release more details on how this pilot plan will operate.

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