Parking lots are not just important to the businesses they cater to, but also to the customers who shop and visit these businesses. When planning the construction of a new parking space nowadays, a lot of thought goes into how best make a parking lot that considers not only the vehicles and the pedestrians, but also the environment. In the past, most projects of this nature tended to only pay attention to maximizing the parking spaces, providing as many as blocks for vehicles to park. As such, they might not be meeting today’s standards very well – but do not worry, there are simple steps to improve such parking lots quite easily:
- Consider visibility – one of the primary things to focus on is the visibility in the parking space. By this, two things are chiefly meant: to ensure that the parking spaces are clearly visible and distinguishable to oncoming drivers, and to ensure that no obstructions impede the visibility of drivers (and thereby lead to potential accidents safety hazards). The first of these is very important in ensuring drivers know where to park – a simple and empty ground will often result in haphazardly parked vehicles which can ultimately result in a congestion (especially during busy hours). Line marking, in Perth and other cities of Australia is done by professional companies offering parking solutions so as to minimize this issue: they consider the traffic flow and how vehicles tend to move during rush hours. As for the question of obstruction, make sure there are no large buildings, plants or the like impeding the view of drivers during the parking process, and when moving through the parking lot. And in situations where the geography or constructions provide such impediments, take steps to help drivers – such as by installing helpful mirrors and the like.
- Think about the pedestrians – another important thing to focus on is the security of the pedestrians. Drivers tend to be absent-minded at times, especially so when they are focused on finding an empty parking space. In these instances, it is quite easy for them to not notice a pedestrian crossing the road, or sometimes, one that may approach the vehicle carelessly (because pedestrians can be absent-minded as well!). Have stainless steel bollards, for example to act as barriers, and construct raised pedestrian paths for individuals to walk along on either side of the parking lot.
- Beautification is important for many reasons – finally, beautification is hardly one of the primary concerns when building a parking space, but it can actually be very beneficial, particularly when considering the environmental impact. For example, bioswales are excellent at managing runoff and drainage problems that can be present in a parking lot, but they do so in a way that can also increase the greenery and beautify the space.