(October 21, 2013) – The public and media are invited to join Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick for a lunchtime Walktober tour of downtown SmartPark garages to highlight how each of us can reduce traffic congestion and air pollution while improving our health.
Instead of circling the block, wasting time and causing traffic congestion as well as air pollution, Novick is urging people to find a SmartPark garage, park there and walk a few blocks to a destination if needed.
Novick cites parking guru Donald Shoup who has found that the search for a parking space is a significant contributor to traffic congestion. He also refers to public health experts who recommend that people walk 10,000 steps a day. The average American walks barely half that.
“Ever since I started wearing a pedometer, I’ve stopped thinking about parking several blocks from my destination as an annoyance and started thinking of it as a chance to get some extra steps,” Novick wrote in a blog post and email invitation for the event. “When we park early and walk, we’re getting healthier. And in turn, we’re cutting down on traffic and pollution, and we can even save a bit of time because we’re not circling for parking. Now that’s a win, win, win.”
To avoid circling, Novick recommends to park in city-owned SmartPark garages. SmartPark isPortland’s most affordable and conveniently located parking, offering nearly 4,000 spaces and the lowest short-term hourly rates.
WHERE: SW 4th Avenue between Yamhill & Taylor, near the SmartPark entrance.
WHEN: 11:45 a.m. Thursday, October 24. The walk steps off at 12:05 p.m.
WHAT: A lunchtime Walktober tour of downtown SmartPark garages.
Discussion and opinions about parking policy welcome.