Parking Assessment and Study

Parking Assessment and Study

Maximizing parking--yet miniziming its footprint--is a hallmark of urban design. Parking should be available and convenient but not at the expense of neighboring land uses. Stonefield's approach to urban design always seeks to strike the ever-delicate balance between parking as an expectation and parking as a true need. We are keen on employing creative measures to dress up parking so that it meshes with the urban landscape in a vibrant and colorful way.

Parking Control Measures

June 22 2017
Parking Control Measures

We may not all know what this sign means exactly and yet we do.  About 2 feet off the curb, generally in the travel way, stationed directly in front of a retail area, it signifies that parkers are not welcome here.  Parking management can be achieved in numerous ways.  At Stonefield we are inspired by how to achieve parking management but also signify more with how it is achieved - reuse of materials, craftsmanship, hand detailed work, and careful placement.  All of that went into saying "No Parking."


 

Wayfinding

March 02 2017
Wayfinding

Wayfinding signage is an important element to allowing drivers to efficiently find parking.  Signage should be clear and directive in nature but does not need to be obtrusive to the context where it stands.  We were inspired by these signs - both hand-painted and fabricated - in that they achieve the same purpose.  Which one do you prefer?



 

Enforcement

February 15 2017
Enforcement

Traffic Engineering circles sometimes refer to the three E's of Traffic Design - Education, Engineering and Enforcement.  All three working in tandem are what allow for proper implementation of both traffic and parking design.  Stonefield understands that making parking design enforceable is critical to the most effective implementation techiniques.  There are various management and design techiniques that can be utilized to allow for proper and efficient enforcement.


 

Dragon Parking

January 12 2017
Dragon Parking

A sidewalk can be a patch of concrete and expansion joints marked at one edge with curb and the next edge with a fence or it can be something more.  This bike rack is both functional and beautiful.  A great cue to mark the proximity of the museum nearby and also accommodate the avid bikers in the area.  Stonefield believes that although the design standards may require certain width, dimensions, and street installations, don't stop there.  There are many ways for a designer to make his/her mark.

 

No Parking Sign

November 21 2016
No Parking Sign

There are ways to say "No Parking" and then there is this!  We're inspired by the artists that find creative ways to express regulatory ideas.  Stonefield likes to apply this line of thinking to how we engineer and design.  We can either just apply the standards which serve as the base or we can think about the broader context and how the message can be expressed and designed in such a way that makes a project, or a design element more impactful...and fun.

 

The Details of Parking

October 19 2016
The Details of Parking

Across the country, planners, traffic engineers and planners are coming together to create the details that encourage parking for bicyclist and those willing to challenge the social norm of driving an automobile. Detroit continues to be an inspirational area for this movement. This bike rack caught our eye. Seems simple enough, right? But remember that to create this opportunity you need to complete the following - achieve approval of the bike rack, select the proper rack, install the rack, and then find an artist to help with the final touch. Stonefield can provide all the services required to make something like this a reality.

 

No Parking - Yes Parking

October 12 2016
No Parking - Yes Parking

A small sign and chained gate signify No Parking for some but clearly parking for others behind those markings.  The area of No Parking for some indicates circulation and mobility for others.  With each project, Stonefield contemplates how to balance the need of the traveling public and the private developer.  Jersey City is an area in which we specialize in working with developers and the City alike to create synergistic relationships and allow for redevelopment with proper parking ratios in mind.


 

On Street

August 10 2016
On Street

The markings of a great street start with everything you see - landscaping, striping, sidewalks, architecture and parking.  Every inch of curb is important within downtown areas and should be managed accordingly.  Stonefield works closely with municipalites, boroughs and cities to consider the elements of streets and how to design well-conceived and functional roadways that serve various purposes for all users.


 

Creativity

July 08 2016
Creativity

Conventional ideas of parking have historically applied to cars only.  Communities all of over the US are now embracing the creativity of bicycle parking combined with street furniture as a way to enrich our pedestrian experience.  Functional items such as bike racks can also cue important cultural arts centers and remind us that there are many ways to traverse the urban core and that the most rewarding ways may be ditching the automobile.

 

Aisles and Aisles

September 14 2015
Aisles and Aisles

Large parking lots and tall parking garages are very common in American cities and in most cases, are underutilized.  By eliminating existing parking spaces or providing a parking supply that meets the “true” demands of a site, we can make our cities more efficient.  In order to understand the parking demand of a proposed development program, Stonefield conducts site observations, collects field inventory, and analyzes parking utilization data.  Stonefield has recommended parking management plans for many redevelopment projects in the tristate area. 





 

Parking Report

August 25 2015
Parking Report

We hear morning traffic reports on the radio, but why don’t we get daily “parking reports?”  The fact is, without parking, there would be no traffic, and 90 percent of the time, cars are spent parked.  Stonefield uses methods involving field survey, data collection, and parking demand/supply evaluation to understand the potential parking impacts of a specific development plan.  We strive to implement parking management plans that appropriately address the needs of the specific project and its location. 





 

Another Man’s Trash

August 20 2015
Another Man’s Trash

Stonefield offers traffic and parking consultant services to aid in the redevelopment approval process.  Many of the projects we are involved with include the revitalization of existing unoccupied buildings into functional and visually appealing uses.  These projects may range from gasoline service stations to large mixed-used redevelopment plans. 







 

Mini Park(ing) Space

June 20 2015
Mini Park(ing) Space

As more and more cities are retro-fitting their downtown areas to promote walkability, there is an increasing need to innovatively use existing roadway and parking lanes for more pedestrian space.  Creating a setting where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists can share our roadways and interact harmoniously is always a consideration in Stonefield’s design approach to redevelopment.  Parklets, like the one shown in this photo, provide a mini oasis from the city where parks may be scarce or sidewalks may be narrow, and aid in taking a step forward in the car-free movement. 





 

Restrictions Reveal Ideas

June 03 2015
Restrictions Reveal Ideas

When you know you won’t be able to park somewhere, how does it affect your entire trip?  When an end can’t be satisfied through traditional means, the entire process must be reevaluated.  It is in taking the road less traveled that the brightest and boldest ideas become reality.  Stonefield believes in exploring all of the alternatives, not doing something “the way it’s always been done,” for the in this ever-changing world, the methods of the past may not be the best methods for the future. 





 

Fishing for Parking

June 02 2015
Fishing for Parking

Imagine you’ve been driving around the block for a while and you see the flashing taillights of the car that’s about to pull out of this perfect spot.  What do you do? You stop and flick your blinker on to claim that spot, of course – it’s yours!  It’s a common act, but one car stopped on a two-lane roadway creates a bottleneck that cuts traffic capacity in half.  Stonefield provides parking study services to assess the potential parking and traffic impacts of land development projects and to develop concepts for mitigation when necessary. 





 

The Bike Rack Comeback

May 29 2015
The Bike Rack Comeback

An adequate parking supply for bicycles is almost becoming as equally necessary as on-street parking in some urban communities.  Stonefield has worked on a variety of design projects in ever-changing cities to ultimately implement roadway design and parking management plans that fit the needs of the pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in the area.  Unique and attractive bicycle parking designs increase bike use, drop car use, and in turn, creates healthier and safer neighborhoods. 






 

Accessibility

May 03 2015
Accessibility

It is not enough to provide a sufficient supply of bicycle parking, but it is also important to consider the accessibility of the parking.  Stonefield has three office locations with our headquarters located in Rutherford, New Jersey, a branch office located in Royal Oak, Michigan, and our newest office in Long Island City, New York.  Our offices are strategically located in areas that offer different transit options and are easily accessible to clients.  We support and encourage the use of public transit, and if that’s not for you, we have a parking spot right outside waiting for you! 





 

Transformative Design

April 10 2015
Transformative Design

At one time, this factory in {DETROIT} bustled with energy, commotion, and excitement. Its parking lot was filled with the very cars manufactured in nearby southeast Michigan plants, the Mecca of American auto-making. Today, the green grass thrives in lieu of the factory, providing a blank slate for creativity to unleash itself. Perhaps an adaptive reuse project capitizing on the beauty of old brick? Ask our Royal Oak, MI team. 






 

No Parking Anytime - Except Batcycles

March 30 2015
No Parking Anytime - Except Batcycles

Bicycles provide urban designers with near limitless opportunities to showcase their creativity to the public.









 

Parking, as an artform

March 27 2015
Parking, as an artform

Maximizing parking--yet miniziming its footprint--is a hallmark of urban design. Parking should be available and convenient but not at the expense of neighboring land uses. Stonefield's approach to urban design always seeks to strike the ever-delicate balance between parking as an expectation and parking as a true need. We are keen on employing creative measures to dress up parking so that it meshes with the urban landscape in a vibrant and colorful way.