Auckland Transport have released a discussion paper to promote a discussion with Aucklanders about parking. What is interesting is that most of the content also applies to the City of Yarra.
The discussion paper points out that streets are valuable public space, and they have a big impact on how attractive and enjoyable each local neighbourhood is.
The discussion paper points out that we need to manage parking in a way that encourages travel by sustainable and efficient modes such as public transport and cycling.
The most significant point in the document is that parking on the Strategic Transport Network will be automatically removed:
Vehicle parking is the lowest priority use of kerbside space on the Strategic Transport Network and will automatically be removed to provide space for projects that increase the movement of people and goods.Parking in Auckland
Projects to improve travel capacity or efficiency on the identified Strategic Transport Network will continue to seek public feedback, but not on the parking removal element. Where required, parking will automatically be removed to enable delivery of these projects.Parking in Auckland
Readiness for change
The discussion paper points out that areas with a high ‘readiness for change’, such as neighbourhoods close to public transport, will experience the largest changes. This applies to most of the City of Yarra, which is within the Principle Public Transport Network.
What change could look like
The discussion paper shows several concepts of how streets could change, with parking replaced with bike lanes, transit lanes, wider footpaths, or a combination.
Streets Alive Yarra applauds Auckland Transport for developing and publishing this discussion paper. In our view, it represents best practice policy, and should be adopted. We’d like to see similar policy adopted by the state government (regarding arterials) and the City of Yarra (for local streets).
Published 30th November 2021.