In many EU cities the debate on (paid) parking and the High Street is still a hot issue. The retail sector and local authorities usually have contradicting views on the relationship between parking and retail activities in urban areas. In general, retailers suggest parking should be abundant and preferably free of charge, while local authorities tend to disagree with that. They argue parking policy (meaning paid parking) is necessary to keep the city accessible.
This interactive workshop will try to shed some light in the relationship between mobility, parking and retail. How important is the car for retail areas? Does free parking lead to more customers and turnover? How can we increase the attractiveness of urban retail areas while keeping the city accessible? Is sustainable mobility a problem for retail? These and other questions will be answered during this interactive workshop, led by Guiliano Mingardo, researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Winner of the British Parking Awards 2017.