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.