|Ontario hospital looks for parking solution to manage high volumes|
|Thursday, 05 January 2012 17:20|
According to the Sudbury Star, the Ramsey Lake Health Centre in Sudbury, Ontario, recently added 185 additional parking spaces to its facility to help manage the large volume of vehicles that require parking near the hospital. Officials said that while the new parking spaces will help relieve some of the pressure of the heavily trafficked parking lots and structures, plans to build a new 750 space parking garage is the only way to really provide the facility with adequate parking.
When increasing parking capacity at healthcare facilities, shopping centers and other high volume and turnover buildings, establishing a parking solution that includes effective guidance systems for motorists is key to streamlining traffic flow. While adding parking spaces can accommodate more motorists, it increases the number of vehicles trolling lots looking for an empty space. Parking signs linked to sensors in parking garages can direct drivers to open levels or spots, minimizing the amount of time motorists spend driving aimlessly through parking areas.
According to Statistics Canada, the number of vehicles in Canada saw a significant 1.7 percent increase from 2008 to 2009. The average Canadian drove over 10,096 miles in 2009, a 0.6 percent increase over the previous year's average.