Kiev, the capital of Ukraine with roughly over 3 million inhabitants, is a post-Soviet city looking to modernize its governance, administrative and legal practices. With infrastructure inherited from the Soviet Union, the city has many redeeming sustainable transport and urban development qualities such as ample sidewalks in the city center, mixed-uses and density. Yet Kiev, like many other cities in the post-Soviet sphere is plagued by ever rising car ownership. There are over 1.5 million private cars in the city, compared with only 25,000 parking spaces managed by the city, just 6,500 of which are on-street parking spaces. As a result, the ample sidewalks and green spaces are inundated with these vehicles.
ITDP is working with Sareco, a French parking consultancy, and GIDE, a French legal firm with an office in Kiev, on providing technical assistance to improve the on-street parking payment and management system in Kiev as part of a USAID grant. The project is an assessment of the existing on-street parking payment infrastructure, administration and relevant legislation. The team is conducting a sample occupancy study in the city center to evaluate supply and demand issues during different times of the day. Working with the Mayor’s Office, the team will make final recommendations by the end of 2015.