“PARKING TERRASSES” ARE UNVEILED AS LATEST ADDITION TO COMPLETE STREETS STRATEGIES
(New Haven, CT) As they sat at café tables set up on the street, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Director of Transportation, Traffic and Parking Jim Travers unveiled the City’s latest addition to Complete Streets strategies—the Parking Terrasse. The Parking Terrasse is a parking space (purchased by Meat & Co., a new sandwich shop on Crown Street) that is cordoned off by large planters and set up with café tables for al fresco dining for the next month.
“What we are seeing is that by making the public streets usable and pleasant for everyone, not just motorists but bicyclists and pedestrians, we are in fact stimulating economic development,” said Mayor DeStefano. “This outdoor seating, especially set up in the street, creates a vibrant, interesting and fun atmosphere downtown while at the same time attracting interest to the opening of a new business.”
Jim Travers, Director of Transpiration, Traffic and Parking examined the idea after seeing it—and enjoying it— in Montreal. “I decided to pilot this here in New Haven because it hasn’t been done before and is a unique way to support business while creating a more interesting streetscape.” The Parking Terrasse will be in place for a month in front of Meat & Co. After the pilot run, the City will review and assess its impact.
Launched in 2010, Complete Streets aims to promote a safe, context-sensitive transportation network that serves all users (pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists) and integrates the planning and design of complete streets that foster a livable, sustainable and economically vibrant community.
Other initiatives of Complete Streets include bike lanes, numerous traffic calming remedies and the recent change of certain parking meter time limits to correspond to the needs of the businesses—and customers— that are located nearby.