Drive for park­ing changes

Can changes to park­ing make for amore live­able city? Auck­land Trans­port’s draft park­ing dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment out­lines plans to dis­cour­age com­muter park­ing, adopt more paid park­ing in town cen­tres and phase out park­ing on some ar­te­rial roads. Re­porters Kari

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ITCH­ING early­bird park­ing in Auck­land Trans­port car parks could free space for people nip­ping to the shops or head­ing to a meet­ing, in­nercity busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions say.

Heart of the City chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Swney says his or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports the pro­posal.

A lot of coun­cil-owned off­street car park space is longterm com­muter park­ing at a daily rate of less than $1.50 an hour, he says.

‘‘In ef­fect it is say­ing: ‘ Get in your car and add to the con­ges­tion’. Many still think park­ing in the city should be free.

‘‘Even diehards of this pos- ition will change their mind when they find that the limited park­ing stock we have is taken up by the first car into the carpark on any given day.’’

Auck­land Trans­port pro­poses ad­just­ing on-street park­ing prices depend­ing on the level of de­mand. This means in some ar­eas park­ing prices could go ei­ther up or down.

Karanga­hape Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Bar­bara Hol­loway is all for it.

The down­town park­ing pay­ment sys­tem where prices are hiked up af­ter the sec­ond hour is work­ing well, she says.

‘‘You pay more the longer you stay and that means for people like me who want to pop in for half an hour and do some­thing, there ac­tu­ally started be­ing some space.’’

This ben­e­fits bars and restaurants which pre­vi­ously suf­fered from a lack of park­ing be­cause of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors park­ing all night af­ter 6pm, she says.

Photo: JESS LEE

Sup­ports change: K Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Bar­bara Hol­loway says de­mand-re­sponse park­ing pric­ing is the fair way to go.

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