A recent Health Impact Assessment (HIA), conducted by the Douglas County Health Department, analyzed several aspects of parking in downtown Omaha, including a shared parking model.
Since the high demand for parking occurs at various times of the day, businesses and residents with different usage periods could share parking and expand the number of available spaces. As more parking spaces become available, visitors to the downtown area experience reduced stress over finding a space. An additional benefit is that fewer parking surfaces need to be built.
Other health benefits include more physical activity (for those who choose to park and walk an extra block or so), less air pollution and the reduction of potential vehicle-pedestrian crashes.
HIAs are a collaborative tool, which uses health data and expertise, stakeholder input and scientific research to examine an issue from a health perspective and report findings that can be used in decision-making.