Research led by RMIT University mapped parking across the City of Melbourne and found up to half of street parking spaces could be moved within 200-metre walk to existing vacant spaces in garages throughout the city, with modelling showing that by moving on-street parking into parking garages. The city could make significant gains towards delivering its urban forest strategy, which aims to protect the city from heatwaves.
The study also shows how these changes could help reduce flooding and create healthier ecosystems for native birds and bees.
Estimates of garage vacancy rates were based on City of Melbourne data on off-street parking and residential parking vacancy rates and on data of reduced numbers of workers coming into the city.
Moving into these vacant garage spaces could be achieved through existing, proven parking-management schemes, such as
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