Staff re­spond

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The staff view­point pre­sented to the Auck­land City Cen­tre Ad­vi­sory Board high­lights many ideas coun­cil trans­port staff both sup­port and are con­cerned about.

Stream­lin­ing poli­cies, shift­ing off-street park­ing in the city cen­tre from com­muter to short stay and in­vest­ing in park-and-rides in the right lo­ca­tions are great ideas, staff say.

But the 10-minute grace pe­riod, the in­tro­duc­tion of a ‘‘con­ges­tion buster’’ prod­uct and the pro­vi­sion of free park­ing for the Santa Pa­rade event are con­cern­ing.

Staff sug­gest re­view­ing the coun­cil’s own­er­ship of off-street park­ing build­ings, greater pro­vi­sion for bi­cy­cle park­ing and re­mov­ing a 30-year tar­get of 10,000 more park-and-ride spa­ces.

In­stead, Auck­land Trans­port should put in clear guides about ‘‘ap­pro­pri­ate pub­lic sec­tor pro­vi­sion of park-and-ride fa­cil­i­ties for cars and bi­cy­cles’’.

The 10,000 fig­ure is ‘‘ar­bi­trary’’ and based on com­par­i­son with other cities, the re­port says.

‘‘Change of any kind of­ten elic­its strong re­sponses,’’ Dr Roger Blake­ley says.

‘‘While many re­sponses are likely to im­prove the doc­u­ment, we would sug­gest that AT (and the one coun­cil fam­ily) fo­cus on the ben­e­fits of such a ‘ big pic­ture’ ap­proach across all of Auck­land and an ad­her­ence to the broader strate­gic di­rec­tion of the Auck­land Plan.’’

Heart of the City chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Swney says he sup­ports the coun­cil pro­vid­ing more in­fra­struc­ture for bi­cy­cle park­ing.

‘‘If we want more peo­ple to cy­cle we need to go and cre­ate more ameni­ties for them.’’

Swney is a mem­ber of the city cen­tre ad­vi­sory board which re­ceived the re­port from coun­cil staff.

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