Parking counts of cars downtown to take place in late June

CHEYENNE, Wyo.- According to a release sent from the Downtown Development Authority, as part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO's) Downtown Strategic Parking Plan, staff from consultant Kimley-Horn and Associates will be conducting parking counts using License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology in Downtown Cheyenne from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 29 and from 4:00 - 9:00 PM on Friday, July 8.

The intent of this effort is to count the number of parked vehicles in the area in order to inform the parking plan.

The mobile LPR equipment uses a dual camera configuration, placed on the roof of the data collection vehicle. The vehicle will be driving around the downtown area counting the number of vehicles parked on-street, in surface lots and in parking garages. The study area is provided on the following page.

For the purposes of this study, LPR technology will be used to take reads on license plates so that we are able to determine parking occupancy and turnover. The data collected by the LPR unit is limited to a license plate number, the time stamp the read was taken, and a GPS location. Registration information or any other personal identification information related to the license plate number will not be received. The license plate number is simply used to be able to count the number of vehicles in the parking facilities. A unique identifier will be assigned to each license plate "read" and will replace the license plate number. Once this unique identifier is assigned, the license plate numbers will be deleted from the database.

The license plate information will not be stored by Kimley-Horn, the MPO or City of Cheyenne.