I was staying in a friend's house in a European city last year and we decided it was time to adjourn to the pub. About 50m from his front door was a tram stop and the centre city was about 20 minutes walk. Despite this, he opted to drive his car parked on the street just outside his front door. I was surprised because unless he drove home drunk (he didn't) , he would have to leave his car in town. Thing is, that in the same situation I would probably do likewise.
Once your car is a few metres outside your house, every other transport option is poor by comparison.
So lately the local area plans have been advocating high density layouts in urban areas but they have preserved one element from suburbia, a space for the car right outside your fornt door. WIth no front gardens and more dwellings per acre, of course these car parking spaces are much more prominent and take up a large proportion of the open space between the building fronts. It takes fewer car movements to fill the streets which are consequently far busier than suburban roads.
In Adamstown's first development (Adamstown Castle), not every house has a parkling space bang outside the front door - some are up to 50m away. I have attached a pic below of some of the site layout of the scheme. It is clearly very dominated by on street parking and there is no chance you could allow small children to wander around without supervision.
Anyhow, my question is whether there is any move to place parking in a slightly less convenient location for property owners in an attempt to persuade thm to employ their cars for journeys between districts rather than for every trip within a district such as running out of bread,cigs? This is not going to come from developers but are any local authorities pushing this idea yet?
I am thinking of placing car parking say 200-300 m from front doors and in the opposite direction from the comercial centre of the area so that walking would seem easier from a front door perspective.