10.03.2013 11:12:06

Moscow Residents Took a Favorable View of the Paid Parking Project

VTSIOM (All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion) has presented results of a public opinion poll intended to study the attitude of Moscow residents and, first of all, car owners to the project of paid parking within the Boulevard Ring. The poll was held under a large-scale research program named "Study of Public Attitude to the Introduction of Paid Parking within the Boulevard Ring from June 1, 2013".

 

According to the poll results, 45% of Moscow car owners take a favorable view of the project to introduce paid parking within the Boulevard Ring. Among the main advantages mentioned by the respondents are, in particular, the high level of technical equipment of parking lots (49%), the availability of information about vacant parking spaces in the paid parking area (45%), and the numerous methods of payment for parking.

 

Altogether, in three moths of the program paid parking spaces were used by about a half of the total number of car owners (44%); interesting that this number is virtually independent of their places of residence.

 

The poll results also show that over a half of the respondents (56%) are relatively positive about the situation with the movement of pedestrians on sidewalks. Significant improvement in sidewalk walking conditions in the last three months was noticed by a half of the respondents (49%), and more frequently by pedestrians than drivers.

 

About one third of the respondents (33%) believe the priority in the historic center should be given to pedestrians (among pedestrians themselves this opinion is shared by 40%), and other 28% are convinced that paid parking is the only way to regulate the number of cars on the city streets.

 

It is interesting that the share of those in support of paid parking is virtually identical both among card owners (45%) and pedestrians (46%). The respondents who spoke in favor of the initiative to introduce paid parking within the Boulevard ring noticed the growth in traffic comfort for all stakeholders (20%), decrease in the number of cars on streets (15%) and traffic jams (14), and increase in the number of vacant parking spaces (13%).

 

It is demonstrative that about a half of the respondents – 46% – have supported the continuation of the program", – VTSIOM General Director Valery Fedorov commented on the poll results. "This is a clear evidences the project is a success", – he added. "The poll among residents of the city center has also allowed identifying a number of new problems; in the future this could serve to further improvement of the paid parking system, – Valery Fedorov said. – For instance, 46% of the respondents pointed at the need to create more park and ride lots and make municipal transport function better.

 

In the course of the poll, car owners also assessed paid parking lots in terms of their usability. By now, a little bit less than half of the interviewed car owners have already had experience of using paid parking spaces in the city center (44%), and this number is virtually independent of the respondents' places of residence. Other 13% are planning to use paid parking spaces in the future.

 

As a whole, general awareness of the respondents about the introduction of paid parking within the Boulevard Ring can be assessed as high (82%) with car owners, on the average, being more informed (especially those who live in the project area).

 

The poll of Moscow residents was held on September 16-20 under a large-scale research program named "Study of Public Attitude to the Introduction of Paid Parking within the Boulevard Ring from June 1, 2013". 750 people were interviewed within the Boulevard Ring of Moscow.