Since its conception in 2005, Park(Ing) Day has been challenging the perception of public space and how we utilize it. It offers the public a chance to transform their street and see what if that space was utilized for people, not cars. In 2010, there were recorded 183 cities in 30 countries spread across 5 continents participating in having Park(Ing) Day in their cities.
ITDP Indonesia with its partners tries to create awareness of the need for open space in cities and challenges the way people think about how roads are used and for whom the roads are built. Park(Ing) Day converts parking space into a new public space that the general public can use and tries to draws attention to topics that are usually sensitive to the popular car-oriented urban development. Park(Ing) Day exhibits a myriad of alternative uses for open spaces and shoulder areas that typically serve as parking lots and are expected to create a public dialogue on how people and cities use this space.
More and more cities around the world found that the effective management of parking will promote sustainable transport. Parking management can help to encourage the efficient use of road space and facilitate the shift towards walking, cycling, and public transport. In addition to facilitating the efficient traffic, parking management will help ensure the city creating new land for investment especially for mass transit systems such as bus rapid transit, paratransit, and improved facilities.
One of the Jakarta government efforts in promoting sustainable transport is by improving parking in Jakarta. Jakarta Provincial Government asked ITDP to conduct a study to implement parking meter system in Jakarta. Some output that will be generated are parking zoning, business models, and operations, as well as an input for parking rate in Jakarta.