Curb Management Policy and Planning

Overview

The City of Alameda must actively manage its curb space and public parking to achieve City Council adopted goals related to transportation management, climate change, environmental protection, traffic safety, and economic development. The Alameda Point Transportation Management Plan, Transportation Choices Plan, and Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) require parking management to reduce traffic, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure access to services and facilities, and support the vitality of the City’s two main street commercial areas.

The City manages on-street parking and curb space, three surface lots in commercial areas, surface lots at three ferry terminals, and the Civic Center Parking Garage. Management of these facilities requires the use of parking meters and time limits; loading, disability, and no parking zones; parking fees at the ferry terminal lots (upcoming); residential parking permit districts; and parking and street sweeping enforcement.

Program goals

Parking Management Goal

Council-Adopted Policies and Plans

Reasoning

Manage transportation and congestion

Alameda Point Transportation Management Plan (2014)

Transportation Choices Plan (2018)

• 85% parking occupancy goal (2014)

 

Parking management and pricing is an effective tool for reducing congestion, supporting transit and supporting active forms of transportation, such as walking and bicycling.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (2019)

 

The CARP includes parking management as a key strategy to reduce emissions from the single occupancy vehicle trips, thus reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Increase traffic safety

Vision Zero policy (2019) and Vision Zero Action Plan (2022)

Reducing circling and double-parking makes streets safer for people walking, biking, and driving, helping achieve the City’s goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries. Congested areas have high levels of pedestrians, and drivers looking for parking are distracted; the more turns these drivers make, the more risk there is for pedestrians.

Increase economic vitality

85% parking occupancy goal (2014)

 

Parking management helps ensure that parking is available for customers. 85% parking occupancy means that every block will always have at least a few parking spaces available in commercial areas. This is achieved through parking pricing and time limits.

 

Environmental protection

Clean Water Program

• Alameda Municipal Code Chapter 18, Article III: Stormwater Management and Discharge Control

Enforcing street sweeping parking restrictions facilitate the street sweeping that is required to help prevent storm water pollution.