Update on the EPA, City, KU partnership on Oread Parking

On April 17th, City and KU staff, stakeholders, and neighbors convened with technical experts from EPA to discuss the unique parking challenges of the Oread neighborhood. Prior to the workshop, a “parking audit” had been conducted by City staff and volunteers to assess the parking demand in the neighborhood, and to identify blocks with particularly high parking demand. At the workshop, EPA staff and consultants worked with stakeholders to review the Oread parking audit data and identify national best practices in parking management that could be applied to the neighborhood. Key discussion topics included improvements to multimodal services, improved pedestrian access, and the possibility of a resident parking permit program. A final report will be available for review by mid May. This was part of an EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant that the City was awarded in 2013.

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