What is changing and why?

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  • Parking

    by Fiona@WCC, 5 months ago
    Introduction of weekend parking fees

    We provide parking to facilitate convenient access to the city by vehicle for residents, local businesses and customers. A growing population and subsequent competing demands on the city’s street space (new cycleways, pedestrian-focused developments, priority bus lanes and construction sites) mean parking spots in the city are at a premium while demand and the costs of maintaining the service continue to increase. We need to make the best use of our limited street space and want to encourage more people to walk, cycle or ride public transport, instead of using private vehicle transport and parking. Therefore we have proposed a...

    We provide parking to facilitate convenient access to the city by vehicle for residents, local businesses and customers. A growing population and subsequent competing demands on the city’s street space (new cycleways, pedestrian-focused developments, priority bus lanes and construction sites) mean parking spots in the city are at a premium while demand and the costs of maintaining the service continue to increase. We need to make the best use of our limited street space and want to encourage more people to walk, cycle or ride public transport, instead of using private vehicle transport and parking. Therefore we have proposed a number of changes to parking fees, these are:

    • Limit free parking for Freyberg Pool and Gym members to two hours per day, but with an additional two hours available at the hourly rate of $2.50.
    • Increase Coupon Parking, including suburban trade coupons (Monday to Friday) from $8.50 to $12, per day. The monthly rate would move from $135 to $200.
    • Change the 60-minute free parking zone in upper Cuba St to 120 minutes metered parking.
    • Change the cost of metered parking on the city fringe from $1.50 to $2.50 per hour, seven days a week.
    • Increase the cost of metered parking (Monday to Friday) from $3 to $3.50 per hour in the green zone and $4 to $4.50 per hour in the yellow zone (see maps and zone descriptions in the Changes to Fees and Charges section from page 31 for the zones).
    • Change the annual cost of a Residents Parking Permit from $126.50 to $195.
    • Change the Coupon Exemption Permit from $71.50 to $120 per annum.

    Parking fee areas

    The map below displays our weekday parking fee areas and the hourly rate in each of those zones. The central yellow area is priced at $4.50 and is the most used from Thorndon to Vivian St to Oriental Parade. The Green area is on the cusp of the central area from Vivan St to Karo Drive and the northern end of Thorndon Quay which is priced at $3.50 per hour. The orange zone is on the fringes of the city and offers 10 hour parking at $2.50 per hour and covers Hutt Road, Thorndon Quay Oriental Parade, Kent & Cambridge Terrace.



    The next map displays our weekend parking fee area. It shows that all on-street parking in the central city covering Hutt Road, Thorndon Quay, Oriental Parade, Kent and Cambridge Terrace is priced at $2.50 per hour.




    In addition to these fee increases we will be trialing the use of fixed cameras to improve enforcement of bus lanes, bus stops, clearways and broken yellow lines. This approach to enforcement is already in operation in Auckland and Christchurch and is expected to improve efficiency of enforcement as well as reducing health and safety risks in these areas of our parking officers.

    These changes will make sure those who use our parking services continue to pay for it. They will also support our city’s goals to encourage greater use of public transport and active modes of transport. We are keen to hear you views on our parking service and whether you think the users of the service should continue to pay, or if ratepayers should contribute more. We are also consulting separately on the traffic resolutions to put these changes into action.

    In addition to the above changes, we are starting to review our parking policy. The policy sets the principles for parking management decisions into the future. We will be asking for your views on this policy in the coming months.



  • Cycling masterplan

    by Fiona@WCC, 5 months ago
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    A number of projects designed to make things easier and safer for people on bikes and on foot will continue through 2019/20 as part of our cycleways programme. These include:

    • Cobham Drive
    • Evans Bay
    • Kilbirnie connections.

    While we expect to see the projects above taking shape, or being completed in 2019/20, more design work and community engagement is required to decide how to provide safer bike routes in Berhampore, Newtown and Mount Cook.

    We aim to secure as much Government support as we can for work in the south (up to 75 percent). So on the...

    A number of projects designed to make things easier and safer for people on bikes and on foot will continue through 2019/20 as part of our cycleways programme. These include:

    • Cobham Drive
    • Evans Bay
    • Kilbirnie connections.

    While we expect to see the projects above taking shape, or being completed in 2019/20, more design work and community engagement is required to decide how to provide safer bike routes in Berhampore, Newtown and Mount Cook.

    We aim to secure as much Government support as we can for work in the south (up to 75 percent). So on the advice of the NZ Transport Agency, we will plan all the connections between the south coast and the city and seek funding for the whole lot in one go, including the planned redesign of The Parade in Island Bay.

    Work in Island Bay is also subject to the outcome of court proceedings initiated by the Island Bay Residents Association.

    This means construction on the following projects may not begin until 2020/21:

    • Newtown Connections – Berhampore, Newtown and Mount Cook
    • Island Bay redesign.