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Portland Parking Symposium

PBOT had some technical difficulty getting our videos prepared, however a member of the public, Alan Kessler, posted our above footage.

The Future of Parking: Portland Parking Symposium was held on Monday, June 29, 2015 

Nearly 160 people joined us for inspiration from leading experts as we explored innovative parking approaches, tools and strategies relevant to our Portland communities.

Audience engagement throughout the symposium shed light on key concerns about parking  including:  City policies that incentivize driving rather than transportation demand management, safety for bikes and pedestrians including those with mobility impairment and disabilities, social equity, the city’s ability to grow gracefully by making room for new residents while preserving livability, the effects of new development on existing neighborhoods, and tradeoffs for other priorities including affordable housing and parks.

Audience members also expressed ways to improve parking, including: maximizing efficient use of existing parking facilities, empowering communities to identify and resolve some of their own localized parking issues in their own ways and improving public involvement, and inter-agency planning around the issue.


Jeffrey TumlinKeynote and Master of Ceremonies by vibrant speaker and renown parking and transportation expert, JEFFREY TUMLIN, Owner/ Principal of Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco and author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).


Although we didn't have Donald Shoup himself, feel free to enjoy this video of the expert in economics and availability of parking and the author of The High Cost of Free Parking.


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Learn more about the City's parking plans here.

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Event Materials

Powerpoint presentations and more from the Portland Parking Symposium

Portland parking plans

Plans that identify programs, tools, and policies for parking throughout the city.

Portland Parking Symposium program

Program of symposium presentations

Portland Parking Symposium flyer

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