Initiative 9: Peak Hour Clearways

Peak Hour Clearways
Description: Peak-hour clearways are roadway corridors defined by clearway signs at each end where parking and standing of vehicles is prohibited during peak hours
Targeted mode: All traffic Geographic scope: Corridor
Type of initiative: Parking/loading areas management: on-street parking and loading Primary objective: Reduce congestion
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: Peak hour clearway restrictions require careful consideration of freight movements and land use in the target area. Implementation and enforcement by local authorities is required. Changing policy and adding appropriate signage will bring minor costs; enforcement of parking during peak hours will be additional costs. This type of initiative could be implemented in a short period of time.
Advantages:

  • Reduce congestion
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Enhance safety
  • Improve mobility during peak-hours
Disadvantages:

  • May face private-sector opposition
  • Moderate probability for unintended consequences
    • Reduce residential parking
    • Reduce access to businesses during peak hours
    • May create confusion among drivers
Examples:

  • Perth, Australia (Government of Western Australia 2013)
  • Red Route Network, London, England (SUGAR 2011)
  • New Zealand (New Zealand Transport Agency 2007)
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Source: Government of Western Australia 2013

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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency 2007

Related alternatives: 1. Freight Parking and Loading Zones; 2. Timesharing of Parking Spaces; 3. Staggered Work Hours Program
References: Ogden 1992; SUGAR 2011

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