Five parking spots along Main Street in Royal Oak, between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street, now have signs that make them 30-minute spaces to better serve nearby businesses with a high volume of carryout sales.

Five parking spots along Main Street in Royal Oak, between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street, now have signs that make them 30-minute spaces to better serve nearby businesses with a high volume of carryout sales.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Royal Oak rolls out 30-minute parking pilot program

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 2, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — On Dec. 21, the city of Royal Oak installed parking meter signage on five parking spots along Main Street, between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street, denoting them as 30-minute “quick” spaces as part of a pilot parking program.

The goal is to allow for faster, more convenient short-term parking in the downtown area, notably at businesses that offer in-and-out services or have a high volume of carryout.

The five designated parking spaces are located near Bean and Leaf Cafe, Bruegger’s Bagels, Starbucks, FedEx Office Print & Ship Center and Verizon Wireless.

The cost is 50 cents for 30 minutes — the same as the other meters in the downtown area — and the meters take credit cards and payment via ParkMobile.

Royal Oak Downtown Manager Sean Kammer said the 30-minute zones are tools to help with parking turnover.

“The availability of on-street parking is pretty scarce,” Kammer said. “If you plan on parking for a very long time and staying in downtown Royal Oak, you’re better off parking in a structure.”

The pilot program will run through May 2019.

“We’ll test to see how well these spaces perform and see if it does have an impact on making more on-street parking available,” Kammer said. “If we find it is having a positive effect, we will look at expanding this program to more areas of the downtown.”

He added that, if the city opted to permanently adopt the program, it might even change the color of the 30-minute parking spaces so visitors could readily identify them.

“The city is continuously evaluating parking in Royal Oak by listening to concerns of residents and business owners and coming up with innovative parking solutions to best fit their needs,” Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said in a statement. “We have to adhere to the surge in fast-casual dining and services like Grubhub, and quick zone parking spaces will provide ease for customers and visitors.”

For more information about downtown projects or to download a parking guide, visit www.rethinkro.com.

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