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Parking. Making space for modal shift? (Healthy Active Cities)

Taking space to imagine the role of parking in modal shift towards sustainable travel & active lifestyles.

There are an estimated 11.3 million parking spaces in the UK, cumulatively taking up a land area the size of Birmingham and despite multiple demands on urban space, many cities are continuing to expand parking provision. In addition to taking space that could be used for alternative purposes, such as the provision of parks and public open space, expanding parking, like expanding roads, can also be understood as inducing their demand.

Whilst city authorities have historically been reluctant to discuss the reallocation of urban space away from motor vehicles, there is increasing recognition of the necessity of doing so as the environmental, social and health benefits are being evidenced.

Within this seminar we provide space to three speakers to discuss how this reallocation can be achieved.

Confirmed speakers

Camilla Dottini – Landscape architect, Arup

Camillia will introduce Fitzpark, a parklet in central London created through the transformation of a delivery bay on a busy urban street, that demonstrates how small spaces can be adapted to provide people-friendly uses, promote health and wellbeing and encourage people to spend more time outdoors. Camilla will also discuss the monitoring and evaluation of Fitzpark, seeking to demonstrate the social value of changes to urban environments and the importance of incorporating people’s experiences within measurements of this value.

Harrie Larrington-Spencer – Researcher, University of Salford and Matthew Jackson – Consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine

Caring for those who care: Free parking is not it – This presentation highlights how focusing upon free car parking as a way to ‘reward’ hospital staff is neither equitable, nor beneficial to health and wellbeing and proposes an alternative paradigm to transport within the health service, modelling healthy and environmentally friendly behaviours.

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Event Details

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Start Thursday 15 Apr 2021 12:30pm
Finish Thursday 15 Apr 2021 2:00pm
Organised by Healthy Active Cities (University of Salford)

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