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San Luis Obispo

Access and Parking Management Plan

LOCATION
  • San Luis Obispo, California
SERVICES
  • Curb management planning
CLIENT
City of San Luis Obispo Parking Services
Related Services Curb Management

Walker Consultants has been working with the City of San Luis Obispo Parking Services through 2022-2023 to prepare a complete update and expansion of their Access and Parking Management Plan. The Plan is putting a much greater emphasis on actions that will help the City achieve ambitious carbon reductions and driving mode share reduction goals.

This Plan focuses on both the busy, tourist-heavy Downtown and numerous residential permit districts established to help mitigate parking overflow impacts from the nearby CalPoly University. Since the previous Plan update in 2011, the City has adopted goals to become net-zero in carbon by 2035, and to cut its drive-alone mode share from roughly 67% to 50%. This Plan also responds to major investments the programs the City is bringing online, including construction of a new public parking garage set to open in 2025, the buildout of protected bikeways, and an expansion of their on-street parklet dining program.

Walker’s framework for the Plan directly relates every recommendation to the core citywide goals of carbon emissions reduction, boosting  active travel mode choice, and infusing more flexibility into parking management to anticipate a variety of curb uses, from outdoor dining to cycletracks to smart loading zones. Walker’s work on the Plan provides a more complete picture of citywide mobility, helping to connect parking and curb management to other City plans to expand transit service and build out the bike routes and sidewalks identified in the Active Transportation Plan.

The updated Access and Parking Management Plan provides a five-year action list for Parking Services and partner agencies to implement. The actions include performance measures to gauge progress and guidance on how to balance improvements in areas as diverse as per-based parking pricing, use of flexible commuter benefits, and triggers for establishing new parking management districts. Most crucially, the Plan explicitly identifies responsible agencies, timelines, the scope of impact, tradeoffs and an inherent in launching or revising any given program or investment.

Chrissy Mancini Nichols

National Director of Curb Management & New Mobility

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