The BRVA works to ensure that Village residents, workers, and visitors have safe and convenient places to park. The Village has a combination of bike parking, metered parking, surface lots, and parking structures. The BRVA is currently embarking on a Traffic Management Pilot project that will take effect in June 2016.
Traffic Management Pilot: June 2016
The BRVA has worked in partnership with Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) for nearly three years to develop a traffic improvement pilot plan. The pilot is community-driven. It was developed by the BRVA’s parking committee following a community survey and several community public meetings, sanctioned by the BRVA board, and supported by the DPW administration. We hope that you will support the pilot plan and allow the community to go forward with its vision.
Why parking restrictions:
Broad Ripple Village has been a destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife for many years. Unlike downtown destinations it does not have a somewhat infinite sprawling grid infrastructure with well-lit streets and an excess of parking options. Rather, Broad Ripple Village is a commercial district, for lack of a better term, landlocked by the surrounding residential neighborhood. The parking deficit and/or the condition by which much of the parking in the commercial district requires payment, leads to many visitors and employees parking on nearby residential streets. The additional activity in the residential neighborhood can lead to noise, litter, damage to property, and, in worse case scenarios, assaults and burglaries. The common idea, for many years, has been: remove visitors and employees from parking on residential streets and restore order and safety to the area.
Although recommended as a strategy for Broad Ripple in many planning documents, spanning back several decades, the honest examination of a residential parking permit program for Broad Ripple could not begin until there was a place for displaced visitors and employees to park. The construction of a 350-capacity mixed-use parking garage was completed the spring of 2013. A BRVA parking committee was established in May 2013. The committee was made up of business owners and residents. Their goal was to find a parking restriction solution that worked for the community as a whole. From the very beginning the committee has worked closely with DPW.
The committee completed a community-wide survey regarding parking permits in the fall of 2013. Approximately 350 residents responded. 9% of respondents said they rely totally on on-street parking. Ultimately the committee found that 44.5% of respondents wanted a parking permit program and 55.5% did not. In addition to the survey, the parking committee examined how residents and visitors got to their destinations (availability of sidewalks, connectivity to Monon Trail, etc.), safety of intersections, vehicle maneuverability (which led them to the examination of widths of streets), and the potential of adding bike lanes. As the examination became more and more thorough, it became clear to the committee that this was an opportunity to implement widespread changes to make Broad Ripple streets safer and provide a better experience for all users.
Why parking restrictions and not a parking permit plan:
First, the committee found that there was much less support for a parking permit program than originally thought. Only 44.5% of survey respondents wanted a program. Through all of its public input processes the parking committee found that there were a lot of concerned citizens who felt a parking permit program would be too complicated and cumbersome. They did not like the idea of filing with the City and worrying about where their visitors would park, etc.
Although the mixed-use parking garage added 350 spaces to the overall parking capacity in the Village commercial district, a long history of parking variances and the addition in recent years of 10′s of thousands of bar/restaurant square footage in the Village proved to create more parking need than parking capacity. Ultimately, the net gain of parking spaces was still not enough to accommodate visitors and employees during the Village’s peak hours. Hence, the option of a large-scale parking restriction in the neighborhood, like a neighborhood-wide permit parking program, was taken off the table because, again, there was no place for displaced parkers to go. The City was also reluctant to implement a residential parking program where most residents have a driveway or garage (the parking survey indicated 91% of residents had off-street parking options).
Until the Village gets more structured parking, open and available to the public, to accommodate displaced parkers from neighborhood streets, the parking restrictions that do go into place must be incremental. The best option for providing relief to residents that was not in the form of a complicated residential parking permit program, that can be implemented incrementally and adjusted as more structured parking is built, is the proposal below.
After a year and a half of research, surveying, and hosting public meetings to collect feedback, the BRVA parking committee proposed the following plan to DPW for adoption as a pilot project that can be amended as necessary
1. Parking restrictions at all intersections up to 30 feet to allow for a clear line of sight for oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
2. The removal of parking lanes to reduce the number of visitors parking in the residential area
3. Addition of all-way stop signs at Paxton Pl. and Carrollton Ave., Paxton Pl. and Guilford Ave., Carrollton Ave. and 60th St.
4. Improvements to alleys to make them passable and usable by residents so they can access their garages and parking pads and no longer have to use the street for parking
The pilot program will begin June 2016. Changes will be made in Zone 1 as indicated by green lines on the map available for download below. No changes are being made in Zones 2 or 3. DPW will send postcards to residents living on the affected streets prior to the changes.
The BRVA and DPW will monitor the changes for 6-9 months and seek public input as to the affect of the changes.
Broad Ripple Parking Study
Download Walker Parking Study 2007
Broad Ripple Parking Garage
The Broad Ripple Parking Garage and Shoppes, located at 6280 N. College Avenue, is open for parking 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Drive in, take a ticket and self-pay in the lobby. The three-floor parking garage has 350 parking spaces, surveillance cameras at all pedestrian entrances and exits, emergency call boxes at each floor lobby, an elevator, and an ATM. The rates for parking in the garage are:
0-1 hour: $2.00
1-2 hours: $3.00
2-3 hours: $4.00
3-12 hours: $6.00
Each additional 0-12 hours is $9.00.
The parking garage is managed by Newpoint Parking, www.newpointparking.com, (317) 255-7275.
Metered parking can be found on Village streets south of the Central Canal, including Broad Ripple Avenue, College Avenue, Guilford Avenue, Westfield Boulevard, and Winthrop Avenue. The days and hours of meter operation are Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The rate for the meters is $1.50 per hour. On the following holidays, parking at the meters are free: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For convenience, parking meter operators offer a mobile app that allows users to pay for parking via their Smart Phones, search “Parkmobile”. Meters are managed by ParkIndy, www.parkindy.net, (317) 524-2247.