Sports com­mu­nity urged to park smarter

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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.

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