Cars or Bikes? Flexibility is the Best Answer When it Comes to Parking
It would take a brave person to predict how travel patterns will change over the coming months and years. Currently, capacity on public transport is limited by a desire to avoid overcrowding. Many companies still have staff working from home for at least some of the week. There’s also a national effort to expand the network of safe cycling routes.
How all of these forces balance out will be different across the country depending on how easily local authorities can adapt their transport strategies. The unknown extent and speed with which work returns to ‘normal’ adds yet more disruption to the mix.
One scenario could see more people choosing to travel by car in the short term to avoid using crowded buses or trains. Subsequently, some of these could switch to bikes as the infrastructure needed for safe cycling en-masse is put in place.
If parking spaces are already under pressure, you have a dilemma. Do you invest to expand parking facilities only to find, a couple of years down the line, that some of the capacity isn’t needed? And if bike use expands exponentially, where will all of those bikes be stored?
Keep Your Options Open While Meeting Known Demand
If ever there were a need for more adaptable parking options, now is the time. And the need for flexibility makes an unanswerable case for a modular parking solution that can easily be expanded, contracted or given over to storing bikes securely.
The modular parking system from Osborne and Siderpark was developed around the reality that parking demand will become even harder to predict. The modular steel-framed system allows one or two parking decks to be added to an existing surface-level car park without having to dig foundations.
Car parks built using the system are easy to erect and can be quickly dismantled and moved (wholly or partially) if no longer needed. It’s also easy to integrate secure cycle storage and to expand this capacity as demand grows.
There’s no need to be constrained by thinking: ‘it’s impossible to plan because we don’t know how demand will change.’ All you need is a solution that you can easily adapt as circumstances change.