Herods Hotel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Welcome, Introduction – Herods Tel Aviv Hotel

Maurice Anderson, Chair, Canadian Parking Foundation
Ralph Bond, President, Canadian Parking Association
Chair, Conference Host Committee


Welcome TBA

Welcome by Meital Lehavi, Deputy Mayor, Tel Aviv - Yafo Municipality


Keynote Speaker – Oded Shahar

Economic bureau chief – IBA, Israel TV (Channel 1).

Oded Shahar

Oded Shahar earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations, followed by Master’s degree in Business Management, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

He has been covering for the last four decades the economic activity of the State institutions such as the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Israel, Central Bureau of Statistics, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 2002 he was awarded the Sokolov Prize for Journalism, the most prestigious prize of its kind in Israel. In 2010 he was awarded the “Ometz” (Citizens for Good Governance and Social and Legal Justice) prize.

Odor anchors the weekly TV program “Politics”, as well as a current events weekly radio show.


Welcome Reception & Dinner - Herods Tel Aviv Hotel

Meet with your colleagues for drinks and a casual dinner. Guests are welcome to join in this evening (see registration information for cost).

Monday, June 30

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel


Optimizing Monetization: Green Parking, Sustainable Urban Mobility and Placemaking

Mark Gander
Director, AECOM New York, NY, U.S.A.

“Green Parking" can be viewed not as an oxymoron but a part of the solution to sustainability, best-value and optimum ROI of parking systems. This session looks at how high-performance parking can lower congestion, reduce emissions, and ramp up neighborhood-scale sustainability. Discover tools, technologies, design and practices that can turn around the parking situation at your facility, asset, or project, and also in your community. Learn about international organizations that are paving the way for the future of parking.

Mark Gander, AICP, is a Director of Urban Mobility & Development at the New York offices of AECOM (NYSE: ACM). AECOM works in more than 150 countries with revenue of $8.1 billion. With 25 years of experience, a decade with AECOM, Mr. Gander has worked on several of AECOM's iconic projects: NYC greenhouse gas reduction plan, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; NY Penn Station Vision Study as principal planner for the US's largest passenger rail station and retail complex; Second Avenue Subway (the first major expansion in 50 years); Amtrak's Next Gen High-Speed Rail Plan for the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington, DC); and, California's first high-speed rail system. For the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (, Gander managed a team of global companies to implement strategies of urban mobility, energy, parking, and eco-district investments to advance Philadelphia’s Greenworks strategy.

Mark is a Board Member of the Green Parking Council (, and chairs its Advisory Committee. He earned advanced degrees from University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), UC-Santa Cruz, and NYU.


The Value of Parking

Sjoerd Stienstra
Stienstra Adviesbureau stedelijk verkeer BV
Heiloo, Netherlands

The paper deals with the value of parking and the price people want to pay for parking. The importance of parking is widely recognized, but car-drivers are reluctant to pay even a small amount of money for parking. But when paid parking is introduced or parking fees are increased, it shows that the price-elasticity of parking demand is low. The author will show by several examples that car-drivers don’t value the parking as such, but that the added value the driver experiences lies in the activity that can be done thanks to the availability of parking capacity.

Sjoerd Stienstra is an independent consultant and project manager. He has authored a large number of articles on parking, economic effects of high visibility traffic control measures and Transport Policy and decision-making. He has also contributed to many of these topics within and foreign congresses, symposia, etc., and has been part of several working groups on (Dutch) parking policy.




Topic TBD

Liliana Rambo


Future ICT for Parking Industry

american flagItzak Benenson, Nadav Levy, Zachi Flatto
Department of Geography and Human Environment
Tel-Aviv University
ParlLife LTD, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Transportation is extremely attractive for applying Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Smartphones and GPS equipment provide detailed and precise information on human mobility that can be exploited for societal and personal needs. Effective use of ICT for parking management on the one hand and for improving parking search on the other will be evidently beneficial for both parking practitioners and individual drivers. Tight connections between ICT and parking are especially important nowadays, when a traditional view of constantly growing and supply-independent demand for parking is substituted by more complex approaches for establishing parking policy that are based on the analyzes of spatio-temporal parking dynamics in the city. At the societal level, ICT is a necessary component of establishing urban parking services – policy assessment and planning. At the personal level, ICT provide real-time data and serves as a source of information for effective parking search.

The lecture presents the state-of-the-art in ICT-based parking applications. From a societal standpoint, we present recent advances in modeling parking demand, search and use and review recently available tools that aim at supporting and evaluation of the parking policy and management decision. Aiming at decision-makers, we present a series of analytical and spatially explicit high-resolution models of co-evolving parking demand and supply that provide planners and decision makers with a sufficient toolkit for assessing real-world parking dynamics within any specific urban surroundings. ICT-based data are used for estimating the parameters and validation of these models.

From the individual driver’s viewpoint, numerous smartphone applications aim at assisting the driver in on- and off-street parking search, parking and payments. The ultimate goal of every application is in utilizing ICT-based data and proposing a limited set of parking alternatives - where to park and how to get there - that fit to driver's temporal, spatial and budget limitations. The variety of applications starts from the common yet effective interactive signpost systems that inform drivers on location and availability of nearby parking lots and ends up with turn by turn navigation system that directs a driver to a currently available parking place, compromising between driver's perceived expectations of finding a parking space and the instantaneous parking conditions.

The lecture is accompanied by a demonstration of selected tools for parking policy assessment and user-oriented smartphone applications for efficient parking search in the city.

Itzhak Benenson,, is a Full Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography and Human Environment, Tel Aviv University and Head of Geosimulation and Spatial Analysis laboratory. He is an expert in the field of Geosimulation and spatial analysis of the complex urban phenomena, including dynamic modeling of the urban public and private transport, parking in the city, vehicle-pedestrian interactions and road accidents, residential dynamics, short and long-term impact of local and regional plans. Together with Nadav Levy and Karel Martens, he is an author of the PARKAGENT, an innovative model for the simulation of parking search in the city. PARKAGENT has been used for establishing parking facilities and urban parking policy in several metro-politan Tel Aviv cities and is currently being applied in Antwerp and Tilburg (the Netherlands). Itzhak serves on the editorial board of several journals and is author of 6 books including “Geosimulation: Automata-Based Modeling of Urban Phenomena” and “Advanced Geosimulation Models”, Bentham, 2011.

Nadav Levy is a PhD candidate at the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University. He is an expert in agent-based modeling and spatial analysis, and his current research focuses on spatially explicit high-resolution modeling and simulation of urban parking and on developing GIS-based tools for urban parking planning and management.

Zachi Flatto holds a civil engineering degree from the Technion (Haifa) and a master degree in Geography and GIS from Tel Aviv University. Zachi has 20 years of experience in civil engineering, CAD, GIS and information sharing technologies. He is also an entrepreneur of navigation and transportation technologies.




Residential Parking Scheme in Stuttgart

israeli falgManfred Wacker, AOR Dipl.-Ing.
Senior Academic Councillor
Department of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
Institute of Road and Transport Science, University of Stuttgart,
Stuttgart, Germany

In 2011, the Municipality of Stuttgart implemented a residential parking scheme in the central city area; the University of Stuttgart was involved both in the design of the concept and the evaluation of the results. The speaker will present his observations and comment on the results of the program.

Manfred Wacker is the vice-Chair of the Department of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Institute of Road and Transportation Science, University of Stuttgart. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, graduating in 1982. He started his career as a research assistant at the Institute of Traffic Management, Road Administration and Urban Planning at the University of Hanover, and then moved to the Civilian Service in 1984. He has been with the University of Stuttgart since 1985, first as research assistant and then senior academic councillor.

Manfred’s core subject of research is parking including a large number of research projects, implementation studies and advisory projects. Recently he was involved in two parking studies in Stuttgart (one dealing with residential parking in Stuttgart-West) and he worked as an advisor for the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) (Introduction of Parking Management in Riyadh). Further he has worked on evaluation of measures in the sector of traffic engineering and traffic management (immediate and consequential effects on transportation, environment and costs, qualification of legal, administrative and organisational questions). And he researches traffic and the environment, e.g. implementation scenarios of different technical developments and targeted scenarios on effects.


Solving a Parking Capacity Problem Using Simple Technology and Common Sense

George Brown
Swanbourne WA Australia
Paul Hackett
Strategic Projects Manager
City of Swan , Midland WA Australia

Much effort is put into ensuring there is a supply of parking when development occurs. However, how parking is managed post development and how parking supply meets the real needs of the area is often overlooked. The locality of Malaga in Perth Western Australia is an industrial and commercial estate with ongoing significant parking problem behaviours. Local Government, political representatives and business interests saw an issue of lack of parking capacity. However, the parking professionals changed with management of local government’s response saw the issues as a behavioural and management problem, not a capacity issue. This paper will demonstrate how aerial photography enabled the analysis of parking capacity use through the tracking of actual parking and non-parking land use behaviours over an extended period. The presentation will demonstrate the power of simple technology, aerial photography, to allow interpretation of behaviour and development of solutions using a common sense analytical approach.

Paul Hackett’s career has included recreation, education and Government with time in the employ of the WA Government, local Government and a University in WA. His tertiary and postgraduate qualifications are in Recreation and Public Administration. Paul has traveled observing life and transport systems throughout Asia and Europe. Most recently he presented to students and staff of the Fujian University of Technology. In 2013 he traveled from Xiamen to Bejing to discuss issues of urban planning with academics and private planning comp-anies. For the past ten years Paul was with the City of Swan in Perth WA as a manager of planning teams involved in parking and related urban planning issues. The Ballajura situation was one project he undertook in this role.

George Brown is a transport planner who recently has moved from government to become an independent consultant in parking policy and strategy. George came to parking planning and policy when he was tasked with a major role in development and implementation of a new approach to parking in his home city of Perth, Western Australia, in a the mid 1990’s. He has contributed to policy in the areas of transport and the environment, land use/transport interaction and parking management. He has a strong professional interest in sustainability and transport. And he has written and presented papers on parking policy, parking tax and transport policy at WPS and other international forums.




Improving Urban Parking Through Better Information: the potential impact of vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Dr. Karel Martens
Associate Professor in Transport Planning Radboud University,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Studies have shown that up to thirty percent of all traffic in crowded urban areas can be cruising for parking. By either decreasing the amount of cars cruising for parking or decreasing the cruising time per car, it is possible to reduce pollution and waste of resources. Information provision to drivers can potentially be beneficial in decreasing cruising time for individual drivers and subsequently the overall system. While most cities provide drivers with information on the occupancy rates of off-street parking facilities, information on single on-street parking places was non-existing until recently. Recent technological advances have made it possible to provide such information, either through vehicle-to-vehicle or sensor-to-vehicle communications systems.

The aim of this paper is to study the impact of such bottom-up information provision about on-street parking places on the performance of the individual driver as well as the system as a whole. Using an agent-based simulation model, performance is compared between a bottom-up vehicle-to-vehicle communication strategy and a strategy that combines parking sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. In the latter approach on-street parking places are all equipped with sensors capable of disseminating their status. Contrary to expectations, the results show us that, for both strategies, search time is barely decreased and sometimes even increased. Performance in terms of walking distance using a vehicle-to-vehicle strategy is only improved in situations with almost full initial on-street occupancy. In contrast, when a sensor strategy is applied, walking distance is reduced under all conditions.

Karel Martens is Associate Professor at the Institute for Management Research of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Together with professor Itzhak Benenson of Tel Aviv University and other colleagues, he has developed PARKAGENT, an innovative parking model for the simulation of parking in the city. The model has been applied in the cities of Tel Aviv and Bat Yam (Israel), Antwerp (Belgium), and Tilburg (the Netherlands). The model and the possible applications are described in a number of papers, including in Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, Zeitschrift Künstliche Intelligenz, Transportmetrica A, and Intertraffic World Magazine.

Geert Tasseron is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Building on PARKAGENT, an advanced agent-based parking model, he is exploring the effects of information on parking dynamics. Geert holds a bachelor degree in Business Economics and a master in Artificial Intelligence, with a specialization in self-organizing systems.


The Smart Parking Revolution: Much more than just mobile payment service

netherlands flag Yahuda Kahane Professor (Emeritus) of Recanati Business (Faculty of Management),
Tel Aviv, Israel

The world of mobile payment is changing and progressing to offer consumers much more than just an easy payment alternative for the on and off street parking in the Urban City. These cloud based technologies are offering the consumer a variety of new functionalities such as:

  • Parking meter availability – Safer, faster and green parking in the city
  • Find parking space based crowd sourcing
  • Location based alerts, recommendations and offerings (LBA)

Municipalities and garage owners are “enjoying” the additional offerings for them:

  • Transparency: Information regarding parking & enforcement – Reporting based on smart data analytics and BI
  • Safer cities – easier and faster parking offered to the parkers in the city
  • Less polluted cities
  • A cost-effective alternative to popular, often expensive replacements and upgrades for traditional meters/payment machines

Prof. Yahuda Kahane is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science and an entrepreneur active in both the academic and business areas as well in the NGO arena. He is the 2011 inductee of the highest international insurance award for his significant, pioneering and lasting contribution to the theory, practice and education in the insurance and risk management world. In 2011 he was also awarded by the Israeli insurance industry for his life time achievements.

Yahuda Kahane is a Professor (Emeritus) of Recanati Business (Faculty of Management), and the Porter School of Environmental Studies, and headed until recently the institute for business and the environment at Tel-Aviv University. He held for almost 5 decades executive, teaching and research positions at universities around the Globe, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Florida, the University of Toronto, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas at Austin, and numerous other institutions. He is an economist, statistician, Ph.D in Finance and an actuary.

Prof Kahane also has rich business entrepreneurial experience. He is a co-founder, director, and major shareholder in Ituran Location and Control (ITRN), Pango-Parking, Capital Point and other companies. He is highly involved in the formation and management of technological incubators and start-up companies in a variety of advanced and high-tech areas. He is the founder of Kahane Center for Rebooting & Prosperity, a for benefit business aimed at enabling our economies to prosper while taking care of environmental, social, philosophical and human issues. The goal is to create a paradigm shift in the management of organizations and businesses and to aim at a multiple objective function, combining economic, social, environmental, and consciousness considerations. This involves game changing processes leading to transformation in major areas like: new performance measures and indices, our monetary system, pension and long term investments, a new government system that is constantly tuned to the public needs, and serves rather than control them.


Panel: The Parking Tax; Is the Remedy Worse Than The Affliction

Moderator; George Brown, Australia
Panelists: Lorne Persiko, Canada, John Van Horne, USA


Evening Free

A list of restaurant suggestions will be available and delegates may sign up to join their colleagues for a casual evening in Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, July 1

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel


Possibilities and Limits of Automated Parking Systems–Practical Experiences

netherlands flag Dr. Ilja Irmscher
Parking expert and Managing Director
GIVT mbH Berlin, Germany

The acceptance and application of automated parking systems differs significantly, depending on market and region. While for example in Germany automated parking is considered rarely, in other countries and regions a quite euphorically attitude can be observed. In Middle East, large parking systems had been or are proposed to be built in the last years with several thousand parking spaces, with questionable usability.

Some European countries have a quite long experience in this issue, from costly refurbishments, decommissioning and up to successful best practice. In the interest of a long term use of such a system, it is essential to find the optimal solution regarding traffic, urban integration, architecture and economics. The benefits of such a parking system can be high, as well as the losses in case of bad planning. Several examples will be presented, which highlight opportunities and limits of automated parking, accompanied by some basic recommendations.

Dr. Irmscher is publicly appointed and sworn expert for parking and parking systems by the Chamber of Commerce. He is CEO of GIVT mbH, a planning and consulting company for parking. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of conventional, mechanized and automated parking. Dr. Irmscher is member of several task forces and author of numerous publications (e.g. Construction & Design Manual “Parking structures”, DOM publishers, 2012, Berlin).

He started his academic carrier at the University of Dresden as mechanical engineer for the automotive industry and earned his doctorate in 1982. He habilitated at the Humboldt University Berlin in 1987 and was university lecturer. He established GIVT mbH in 1993.


Frameworks that Create Self-Sustaining Communities through Sustainable Urban Design and Parking Planning

usa flag Megan Leinart Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Philadelphia, USA

How can we revitalize our cities, create “people places”, and reduce our environmental impact? The challenge we face, as a global community, is as critical as it is complex. As countries, states, and cities seek to reduce carbon emissions, we will be compelled to take a hard look at how we plan, develop, and construct our cities, our institu-tions, and our homes. Sustainability at the building level is a step in the right direction, but it is merely one piece of the puzzle. Sustainability at the community level – cities, towns, and suburbs – requires a major paradigm shift, a great leap of faith and extension of our commitment to sustainable design, far beyond the walls of “green” design”.

The abstract will feature the detailed exploration of a “cellular” development model that incorporates the principles of New Urbanism and sustainable design to create self-sustaining communities through structured parking. The model provides a replicable framework that can be proactively utilized to transform new development as well as retrofit existing urban and suburban nodes. The model reduces auto dependency and the resultant congestion, pollution, carbon emissions, and commuting time; reduces the infrastructure required for parking to serve the community; and ultimately, creates walkable streets and healthier, livable, self-sustaining communities.

The presentation will address development models and feature the work of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) “Roadmap for Green Growth”. The roadmap addresses urban planning and infrastructure and their role in mitigating climate change impacts and sustainable economic development models for mature and emerging economies. The work specifically discusses planning and design strategies for cities, streets, transportation, and parking, and provides best practices and proactive strategies.

Megan Leinart, LEED AP BD+C, CNU-A serves as Director of Corporate Development for Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc. (TimHaahs), an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the planning and design of parking and mixed-use facilities. Megan leads the firm’s sustainability practice, serves as a parking specialist, and also leads the firm’s marketing and business development both nationally and internationally. Megan is a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council, and has also received her Accreditation from the Congress for New Urbanism through the University of Miami School of Architecture. Megan has written articles for numerous publications including UrbanLand and The Parking Professional. and recently contributed a chapter for a joint publication between the International Parking Institute and the National Parking Association on the integration of sustainability and parking. In addition, Megan co-authored a report for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) “East Asia Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap”. Megan also serves as Chair of the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia Young Leader Group.




Parking Reform in Latin America

Andrés Sañudo Gavaldón
Parking Policy Coordinator (PPC)
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) -- Mexico
Mexico D.F., Mexico

Michael Kodransky
Global Research Manager
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
New York, U.S.A.

Latin American cities have made strides in the last decade to reform parking practices. Success has been mixed, but now a new wave of advances is underway to better manage on-street parking while also updating parking requirements in land use codes. An overview of the regional trends will be presented with a special focus on the recent success story of Mexico City.

Mexico City boasts the most advanced paid on-street parking system in Latin America. Known as ecoparq, the multi-space paid parking system has been expanding since 2012 through a PPP arrangement to include 6,000+ regulated on-street spaces. All revenue is used to improve public space. The result is palatable to city residents: street chaos from illegal parking and rampant extortion from informal curbside valet services has been addressed. Those neighborhoods with the new system see better quality walking, cycling and public transport access. The successes and lessons learned are gaining attention across the region and beyond as a potential way to manage parking in the developing world.

Mr. Andrés Sañudo worked at the Urban Development and Housing Ministry of Mexico City before managing the parking program at ITDP Mexico. He still collaborates closely with local government agencies to evaluate the impact of both on- and off-street parking in one of the world’s largest megacities—publishing baselines studies, guidelines and impact reports.

Michael Kodransky leads research on best practices in numerous ITDP program areas such parking management, urban development, land use regulations, real estate financing schemes, street design and urban freight. He has advised cities in Latin America, Asia and Europe on parking and land use issues.


The Importance of parking

Great Britain Flag Ian Betts
Principal Parking Data & Research
Hampshire UK

The parking industry has changed markedly in the last decade and a half with far more sophisticated technology being adopted and the price of that technology decreasing. But it is my view based upon my UK experience what has suffered, in general, is customer service, although as always there are always some exceptions, my views may also be relevant in other countries.

That interest in customer service is missing from the distinct elements that make up the industry in:
• - The design of both surface car parks and structures.
• - Payment systems and methods.
• - Car Park Maintenance.
• - The effective deployment of manpower.

The effect of this is becoming more apparent in the press and politicians comments where the level of income enjoyed by municipalities from parking and penalty charges, to the perceived disadvantage of the businesses they serve is becoming louder.

Ian Betts is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has been involved with roads, bridge, sewer, pedestrianisation, and landscaping and city centre design. In recent years he has specialised in parking as a consultant having advised on all aspects of the parking industry. He has also produced a detailed online database of 15700+ “Publicly Accessible” car parks in the UK with dynamic information from over 120 UK car parks. This has expanded to Canada and will be expanded worldwide if the parking industry in that country wants it, all data has been collected with the help and support of the parking industry no spiders have been used.


Methods to achieve space-saving paring facilities

israel flagOpher KolkerKolker KolkerEpstein Architects (1991) Ltd.
Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Israel

The firm Kolker Kolker Epstein Architects has operated in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv since 1982, and has developed specific knowledge and experience in planning large volume parking facilities, both locally and internationally. Our experience in parking spaces was acquired through involvement in large-scale projects that require extensive parking quotas, namely public buildings, office complexes and residential projects, conforming to building permit requirements. The overall parking areas designated for these projects are vast - often as large as the primary function they serve. This leads to heavy economic burdens that may be alleviated if the built area can be reduced. Aiding our customers by reducing the underground parking area and with preparing building’s plans, has led us to research methods with which to increase the efficiency of the built area while reducing the area of each project.

Our office now plans task-specific, custom-built parking lots with thousands of parking spaces (most recently a 5,000 space Park&Ride facility) in which the Gross Floor Area does not exceed 22.0 sqm per vehicle, or 26.0 sqm in parking lots beneath buildings. The close inspection of parking regulations, a deep understanding of the build-ing's structural modules and their alignment with the parking's structural modules, and finally an understanding of the three-dimensional motion of the vehicle in end-to-end parking layouts, are the components used to lower the parking area to the required minimum. The subsequent reduction in overall costs questions the need for turning to automated parking systems of very high initial prices and maintenance costs in the long run.

Opher Kolker is a successful Tel Aviv architect. Some of the many projects completed by his firm include a master plan for capping of the Begin highway, Jerusalem, design of exhibition halls, car showrooms and offices for the Colmobil (Mercedes) company, Jerusalem, design of a 5000-vehicle "Park&Ride" parking lot in the Morasha Junction, planning and building of Ra’anana city center including the city-hall, a 600-seat theatre, gallery, library and a 600-vehicle parking lot, design of the Israel Foreign Ministry building which was selected by the American Institute of Architecture as one of the ten best buildings in the world in 2004, partnered with the Frank Gehry, L.A office on the design of the Museum of Tolerance and courthouse complex, Jerusalem, design and building the City Hall Square, Jerusalem, winning the Canadian Architects Association award, and much more.

Opher was born in Haifa and studied architecture studies at the “Technion” in Haifa. He was an Architect and team leader for the Borough of Camden, London. He Taught architecture at the Kingston Polytechnic, London before returning to Israel where he established the firm Kolker, Kolker, Epstein Architects in 1982.




TDM Trip and Parking Reductions for New Development Applications

canadian Flag Ralph Bond
Executive Chairman and Principal
BA Group, Toronto, Canada

Ralph Bond is an expert regarding mixed-use intensification developments and shopping centres, having worked on over 300 such projects across Canada and internationally.

Ralph leads BA Group’s parking planning practice, where he enjoys producing strategic action plans for downtown areas, as well as financial feasibility, operational planning, and functional design studies for parking systems and facilities. He has recently completed several projects which include the integration of parking, transportation demand management, and transit strategies.

Ralph has been actively involved with the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) for many years, serving as a board member, treasurer, and president. Ralph is also an active board member of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), Canada’s new TDM organization. Ralph has made numerous presentations regarding the subject of parking planning and design and transportation demand management.


Parking Policy Challenges in the US - PPP at Universities and Cities, Technology Driven On Street Pricing, Sustainability and Parking

american flag John Van Horn Editor, Parking Today Magazine
Los Angeles, California USA

Parking Policy is changing rapidly in the US with public private partnerships acquiring parking operations in Chicago and Indianapolis, plus at The Ohio State University. Are they working? Was these good policy decisions? Technology has driven on street pricing policy in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a number of other US cities. How about a third party review of whether this is working, and a review of mistakes that may have been made. Sustainability is important. But is parking approach making the planet a better place to live? You won’t always agree with everything JVH says, but he will make you reconsider your current ideas about parking policy.

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his 18 years with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields.

John blogs about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Canada, the UK, the UAE, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia and Washington DC.

JVH and his wife, Robyn, and their ‘critters’ Suki and Brackets, divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Temecula, Ca. JVH’s writings can be found at Parking Today’s web site:




Modeling the Response to Parking Policy

Dr. Yoram Shiftan Transportation and Geo-Information Department
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Israel Institute of
Tel Aviv, Israel

Parking policy is one of the most powerful means urban planners and policy makers can use to manage travel demand and traffic in city centers. Since urban access is considered crucial to the economic success of a downtown area, certain constituencies, such as business and retail, have historically been opposed to any parking restriction policies. In order to address these concerns and create appropriate parking policies, it is important to understand how visitors to the city center are likely to respond to new policies.This paper explores the complexity of potential travellers' response to various parking policies and their implication for the city development and economic growth. It then explore the various models use to analyse travellers' response to parking policies including the advantages of activity based modelling, the state of the art in travel demand modelling, to better understand such behaviour response. The paper presents past studies on parking policies and users' response in Tel Aviv as well as an on-going study to better incorporate modelling parking policy within the new developed Tel Aviv Activity Based Model. Finally, it suggests future direction to further research on the topic.

Prof. Yoram Shiftan is a professor of Transportation and Geo-Information in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion. He teaches and conducts research in travel behavior with a focus on activity-based modeling and response to policies, the complex relationships between transport, the environment and land use, and transport economics. Prof. Shiftan is the editor of Transport Policy and the chair of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR). He is a member of the editorial board of six journals and was the former president of the Israel Association of Transportation Research.


Global Parking Association Liaison Project

Helen Sullivan
International Parking Institute Communications Council

Liliana Rambo International Parking Institute IPI Chair
Washington DC, USA


Gala Dinner

This evening will start with a reception in the Ilana Goor Museum, located in a restored 18th century building surrounded by breathtaking landscape on the shoreline of Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa City. This will be followed by dinner in Otzarin Restaurant just across the quaint alley. Dinner will be on the roof top patio overlooking the lights of the city. The French/Israeli infused menu will be complimented by Israeli wines.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 1830 for the short transfer to the Museum. Guests are welcome to join in this spectacular evening (see registration information for cost).

Wednesday, July 2nd

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel


RParking Tour of Tel Aviv

Join Ronen Schechner for a tour of unique parking facilities in Tel Aviv. The tour will end at your hotel.

Ronen Schechner, a traffic and transportation engineer, has 25 years of experience in the design of traffic and parking facilities. He earned a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Transportation Engineering, both from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. As of 2003 Ronen Schechner serves as an advisor on traffic and parking issues for projects in North America.

Post Conference Tour

Thursday, July 3 & Friday, July 4, 2014
2 day tour to Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea Tour

Thursday - Begin your two day excursion with an early morning pick up from Herod’s Hotel in Tel Aviv. We will drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, stopping at Qumeran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found). Enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea, which many believe have its therapeutic effects.

Then we will drive on to the fortress of Masada, built by King Herod, and famous as the “last stand” of the Jewish Zealots who were overcome by the Romans in 73 CE. Here we will ascend by cable car for a tour of this truly amazing excavation. We will visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths.

We will descend by cable car and continue on to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Friday - After breakfast we will start our tour of Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. The tour will stop at Mount Zion to visit King David Tomb, the room of last supper and the Dormition Abbey. We then enter the Old City for a walk through the Armenian and Jewish Quarter to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. We will see the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and one of the original walls that retained the Temple, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Then we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The final stop will be at Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.

The tour will return to Tel Aviv in the late afternoon.

  • The price includes:
  • Bus & Professional English-speaking government-licensed Guide
  • Overnight for Staff
  • Hotel: Jerusalem Gate or similar
  • Dinner on July 3 and Breakfast on July 4
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Not Included:
  • Gratuities to driver, guide etc.
  • Drinks
  • Meals not listed
  • Insurance
  • Cost: US$450.00 per person in double occupancy
  • Single supplement US$50.00