Does a nose-in parking configuration present safety risks? Are wheel stops enough to keep a vehicle from crashing forward into a building? How might demographics help influence parking lot safety planning?
These are just some of the questions that have been posed to commercial real estate development professionals in an online discussion via LinkedIn. The discussion comes on the heels of an article NAIOP (the commercial real estate development association) asked me to write for Development Magazine about vehicle-into-building crashes.
With the help of co-author Rob Reiter, the piece helps shine a spotlight on parking lot safety in general, with particular attention to what can happen around the edges — in the space where parking areas and buildings meet.
IPI has been wonderful about helping educate its members about these issues. The LinkedIn discussion this week offers a great opportunity to extend parking professionals’ perspectives and expertise to an audience for which parking — especially parking-related safety — is not always top-of-mind. (I think of it as cross-pollinating great ideas!)
As a fellow IPI member, I invite you to add your voice to this important discussion. Join the NAIOP LinkedIn group and give property owners, developers, and managers the benefit of your parking knowledge.