Welcome to goBerkeley SmartSpace!

The City of Berkeley is identifying ways to improve mobility in residential areas

Demand for transportation across the Bay Area is increasing as the region continues to grow. In order to keep up with this growing demand, the City of Berkeley is thinking about how to make transportation safer, more reliable and easier to access. As we identify ways to improve mobility, we want to maximize the use of public spaces, including our streets. While there are many aspects to consider, this project will look at how we use our street parking. We want you to be involved in shaping the vision for mobility in Berkeley’s residential neighborhoods. 

What We're Considering

With SmartSpace (also known as the Residential Shared Parking Pilot), we will identify ways to improve parking and mobility in the residential neighborhoods of Elmwood and Southside/Telegraph. Currently, there are many ways to travel to and within the City of Berkeley, and we want to know what’s working for you and what could be better. Throughout this project, the City will collect quantitative data on parking behavior and provide opportunities for community input. Updates on our findings will be provided at public meetings, through a series of digital engagement opportunities and on this website. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

map with boundaries drawn around the Southside/Telegraph neighborhood and the Elmwood neighborhood
Berkeley Residential Shared Parking Pilot Project Boundaries.

Why Now?

In 2013, Berkeley launched the goBerkeley pilot project, which freed up parking space and reduced congestion in several of the city’s commercial districts. Feedback received during this pilot made it clear that demand for parking in residential areas near commercial districts can cause problems for residents and visitors alike. In response to this community-identified need, the City received a grant to study parking and mobility needs in the Southside/Telegraph and Elmwood neighborhoods south of the UC Berkeley campus. Through the resulting SmartSpace pilot project, we will consider ways to improve parking and the ease of travel in these areas. If proven successful, we would look to extend these benefits to the rest of the city.

What's Happening Now

bus stop and loading zone outisde the Elmwood Cinema on College Avenue
SmartSpace will consider travel options for residents, employees, and visitors in the Southside/Telegraph and Elmwood neighborhoods.

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Learn More About this Project

The SmartSpace pilot will look at ways to improve mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life, safety, and access to transit in the City of Berkeley by reconsidering how parking is used in residential areas during the day.

Project Goals 

  1. Identify current parking and mobility needs among those who use residential parking.
  2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Southside/Telegraph and Elmwood residential neighborhoods, particularly from vehicles circling and searching for parking.
  3. Increase awareness within the broader community about safe, reliable and accessible transportation in Berkeley.
  4. Engage with the community and use their input to make the pilot a responsive, realistic and practical alternative to current residential parking restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

a view down Telegraph Avenue near Channing Way
Telegraph Avenue is the commercial center of the Southside/Telegraph pilot area.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the pilot program? Please see below for more information and links to different resources:

  • Previous goBerkeley materials/handouts, factsheets, FAQ’s
  • Community Engagement Strategy (coming soon)
  • Technical Advisory Committee Meetings (coming soon)
  • Community Advisory Group Meetings (coming soon)
  • Community outreach meetings and activities (coming soon)
  • Related technical documents (coming soon)
  • Existing conditions memo (when available)

Berkeley Residential Shared Parking Pilot What does this mean for you? 1 We need your input Currently, there are many ways to travel to and within the City of Berkeley and we want to know what’s working for you and what could be better. This feedback will help us design a parking pilot program and test its effectiveness at reaching our shared goals.* *Please note, we are not making changes to existing RPP permits. If you currently have an annual, merchant or  IniIn-Home Care permit, this will not change. 2 Re-evaluate street space Your input will help create a pilot program that will explore how to better manage our street space. 3 Fewer cars circling An effective program will reduce the number of vehicles that circle our neighborhood streets looking for parking spaces. 4 Improve the environment Fewer circling vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. 5 5 Better mobility for all After we've conducted all the testing for the pilot program and considered your feedback, we want to develop policies that make residential parking work better to accommodate our community's diverse set of needs.

Engage With Us

Your voices and experiences will shape the vision for parking and mobility in the Elmwood and Southside/Telegraph neighborhoods. Please see below for more information on how to get involved and share your experiences and ideas for the SmartSpace project.

  • Public Meetings: dates coming soon
  • Online Open Houses: dates coming soon
  • Pop-up Events: dates coming soon

Our Promise

As part of the engagement process for this project, the City of Berkeley promises to:

  1. Inform the community about the process and how we will use their feedback develop the SmartSpace pilot.
  2. Collect ongoing feedback from the community both online and in person throughout the project’s entirety.
  3. Use all community feedback collected through this engagement process to inform the development of the City’s parking policy, thus improving the City’s overall transportation network.
  4. Report back to the community on how we considered and used all feedback.

Our Committees

a bike locked up near the corner of College Avenue and Russell Street
Berkeley's bicycle network makes it safe and convenient to get around.

Project Timeline

The parking pilot project began in fall 2019 and will continue until 2021.

Timeline

Summer 2019

Parking inventory assessment.

Fall 2019

Project is announced. Data collection phase one commences.

Winter 2019-2020

Data analysis phase one and community outreach phase one commences.

Pilot development commences.

Spring 2020

Refine pilot recommendations and seek City Council approval.

Summer 2020

Prepare for pilot launch.

Fall 2020

Launch pilot

Data collection and analysis phase two commences.

Community outreach phase two commences.

Winter 2020-2021

City staff monitor pilot project.

Spring 2021

Pilot adjustments if needed.

Summer 2021

City staff monitor pilot project.

Fall 2021

Data collection and analysis phase three (if needed).

Winter 2021-2022

Community outreach phase three commences, determine next steps.