Sports community urged to park smarter
School and club sports supporters, officials and families are being urged to park smarter around Hamilton’s sports grounds.
As several junior sporting codes kick off, pressure increases on parking spaces near parks and reserves.
Hamilton City Council city transportation operations team leader Robyn Denton says the influx of vehicles can create issues for residents who have trouble accessing their properties or going about their daily business, particularly on Saturday mornings.
“The streets around these grounds can get very crowded and we do receive complaints from residents about how vehicles have been parked,” Mrs Denton says.
“We’re urging people to park smarter — and that means being courteous and sensible with where you’re leaving your vehicle,” she says
Inappropriate or illegal parking compromises the safety of other road users and pedestrians, and caused congestion. Parking on footpaths also impedes access for people with disabilities, particularly those using mobility scooters.
The fundamentals of Park Smarter are: ■ Park safely. ■ Do not park across driveways. ■ Do not park your vehicle on broken yellow lines, or no stopping areas. ■ Do not block footpaths, shared paths or cycle lanes. ■ Do not park at the end of a cul de sac in a way which prevents other vehicles turning. ■ Drive cautiously and be aware of cyclists pedestrians, particularly children. ■ If a match ball goes on to the road, it is retrieved by an adult.
Mrs Denton says the Road Code also gives clear direction on where people cannot park.
The council’s parking wardens will be patrolling particular pressure points around the city.