A performance-based parking policy for the city Tallinn.


︎ Client: City of Tallinn

︎ Executive summary ︎︎︎EST
︎ Report ︎︎︎EST ∙ web
︎ Report ︎︎︎EST ∙ print version

︎ A summary in English on Medium

How do we design a performance-based parking policy?

Ensuring a city’s success based on urban assets requires physical connections, proximities, urban density and a high diversity of activities. This usually comes with a heavy dose of space dedicated to parking vehicles, which, inversely to what is generally thought, can hinder local economic growth, social cohesion, and the overall quality of life.

︎ Hourly-based parking occupancy data.
︎ On-street hourly-based parking payment data.

︎ Municipal map of informal parking plots compiled by our team.

The more the public transport will be accessible and efficient, the larger the Active Transit Area will be. The ATA is also used in planning law to set parking caps. The parking requirements for new projects within the ATA will be capped. For developments prjects outside the ATA the minimum parking requirements are lifted to use market dynamics determine their number and price. This generates a self-reinforcing loop: the more the city invests on public transport – the more efficient it is.
The logic is relatively simple: the more efficient public transit, the higher the parking price — the more extended the reach of efficient public transit, the wider the paid parking zone.