Survey says…where’s my parking?
Beginning last Wednesday, April 18, motorists crossing the Downtown Mall at 2nd and 4th streets were approached by clipboard-carrying men in yellow safety vests asking questions. No, it wasn't the FBI. They were employees of RK & K Consulting who were conducting a three-day Mall crossing survey.
With the one-year anniversary of the trial 4th street crossing coming up, the City is collecting data to determine how the crossings are used and if the 4th street crossing should be permanent (actually, 5th street east would be the permanent home of the 4th street crossing), a decision that is expected this summer, says development watchdog Charlottesville Tomorrow. As detailed in numerous Hook stories, the Mall crossings have been a contentious issue over the years.
According to RK & K's Brian Revels, this is the fourth survey the company has done, including one last August. He says they will survey between 300 to 400 drivers this time around and report the results to the City in about a month.
The quick survey– conducted in 15 seconds, according to Revels– asked motorists if they were coming or going to the Mall. If they were coming, questioners asked where they were coming from. If going, both ends of the trip were noted. Motorists were also asked if they had any general comments about driving and parking on the Mall.
So what did drivers have to say?
"The overwhelming comment has been about parking," says Revels, "about the problem of finding short-term parking. People are saying it's tough to pop in for a short time on the Mall."