October 22, 2013 | Oregonlive.com, Joseph Rose-- Celebrated traffic researcher Donald Shoup estimates that, on average, 30 percent of cars in congested downtown traffic in America's major cities are cruising for parking.
There are no local studies on cruising-for-parking in Portland, where a 2012 Metro study estimated a whopping 45 percent of trips to the urban core are on public transit.
But City Commissioner Steve Novick suspects it's enough of a problem that he has organized a lunchtime Walktober walking tour of city-owned parking garages called "Don't Circle the Block - Park and Walk!"
The goal is to highlight "how each of us can reduce traffic congestion and air pollution while improving our health."
That's according to the Beatles-esque invite sent to the media on Monday.
"When we circle the block searching for a curbside parking space, we create traffic congestion and air pollution," the invite says.
Novick, the city's transportation commissioner, is encouraging people to simply park early and walk a few extra blocks to their destinations. That, he points out, also helps people walk the 10,000 steps a day recommended by health experts.
By the way, the average American walks barely half that.
Of course, Novick wouldn't be doing his job if he READ FULL ARTICLE