Parking Pattern System and Sustainable Urban Development in Akure, Nigeria

Mr. OGUNDARE, Babatope Andrew


The provision of access and mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, recreation and tourism and the likes. However, parking facilities as an important component of transportation infrastructure seems to be overlooked in the face of increasing car ownership and increasing commuting activities which generate enormous parking demand. The paper examined the parking patterns, problems and their causes in Akure urban with a view to reducing the challenges. The data used were collected through direct field survey of selected road intersections covering traffic volume and composition, traffic delay and causes and land use activities. On-street parking surveys were also carried out along selected roads in the city while off-street parking surveys were carried out at some selected locations. The analysis of data collected revealed that variations exist in traffic flows and delays at the studied intersections while parking problems were found to be the greatest causes of delays at the road intersections followed by traffic control problems in the city. Chi-square method was employed to measure the relationship between parking demand and parking space capacity per activity area. The result shows that while parking space demand is very high, the activity areas with less parking facilities, receives less patronage. The study recommends off-street parking facilities and discourages on-street parking to reduce traffic congestions and delays at road intersections.

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