One more reason why I roll
UCLA Urban Planning professor, Donald Shoup, discusses one of the big reasons I went carfree nearly ten years ago: all thefrustrating time I spent trawling for parking spaces.
29 March 2007: Most people view traffic with a mixture of rage and resignation: rage because congestion wastes valuable time, resignation because, well, what can anyone do about it? People have places to go, after all; congestion seems inevitable.For more on Shoup's research check out his book, The High Cost of Free Parking.
But a surprising amount of traffic isn’t caused by people who are on their way somewhere. Rather, it is caused by those who have already arrived. Streets are clogged, in part, by drivers searching for a place to park.