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Parking review recommends free short-term parking

01 December, 2014

The Brisbane Parking Taskforce, established by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to conduct a comprehensive review of on-street parking, has today handed down its final report, with a key recommendation to introduce free short-term parking in the inner city.
Parking Taskforce Chairman, Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner, said the taskforce had made 55 recommendations to improve parking across the city and suburbs in a report that would be tabled in a Council meeting tomorrow.
“The Parking Taskforce has reviewed parking across the city in the most comprehensive review ever to be conducted in Brisbane, considering cost, availability, accessibility and how parking can be more convenient for both residents and visitors,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The Parking Taskforce is making a range of recommendations to reduce parking costs for motorists, including introducing free 15 minute parking at on-street spaces outside the CBD, as well as in King George Square and Wickham Terrace Carparks.
“Our research and consultation has identified a high demand for short-term car-parking; free parking for 15 minutes would supercharge turn-over of spaces, reduce the cost for motorists and assist inner city businesses.
“Allowing motorists the chance to park free for 15 minutes would present a major cost-saving, as well as increase accessibility and convenience. This significant cost-saving measure will be paired with significant on-going off-peak parking discounts at meters and Council owned car parks.”
“Unfortunately there has previously been a misperception about the expense of Brisbane’s on-street carparking. Brisbane already has cheaper parking than several other capital cities, and these recommended measures would make on-street parking even cheaper and more convenient for motorists.”
Cr Schrinner said that the Parking Taskforce had also made several recommendations to increase management of parking around schools, following a high number of submissions from schools and parents about safety in school zones.
“The Taskforce is recommending that all schools develop traffic and parking management and enforcement plans and that Council work with the Queensland government to ensure that schools have appropriate off-street parking provisions.
“Additionally, standardised drop-and-go zone signage has been recommended for introduction at school zones to ensure drivers understand where they can safety drop-off children at school.
A raft of other measures to balance the needs of cyclists, motorists and pedestrians would also be rolled out, under the Taskforce’s recommendations, including a trial of cycling clearways.
“Cyclist safety is a priority for the city, as more and more residents choose to cycle to work and for leisure,” Cr Schrinner said.
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Cr Adrian Schrinner
Deputy Mayor, Infrastructure Chairman
Parking Taskforce Chairman
“In some areas where limited kerb space prevents both dedicated on-street parking and separated cycle lanes, the Taskforce is recommending a six month trial of cycling clear-ways during peak hour times.
Disability access at passenger set-down and pick-up zones would also improve under the report.
“It is clear that two minute passenger set-down and pick-up zones do not allow sufficient time for carers, with many people overstaying these zones. We recommend that this be increased to a five minute zone to allow for carers picking up a passenger with a disability,” Cr Schrinner said.
Motorist convenience has been another key for the parking taskforce, which has recommended Council investment in a range of new technologies to make parking payments quicker and easier.
“The Parking Taskforce has recommended that tap-and-go technology and mobile payment apps be available for all parking meters across the city, to provide greater payment options for motorists,” he said.
“We are also recommending the development of several mobile applications that would allow motorists to pre-book and pay for parking spaces, as well as identify free parking spaces across the city.”
Other key recommendations made by the Parking Taskforce include
 Introducing online management for residential parking permits and expanding the parking areas available as part of the permits
 Introducing Parking Permits for businesses and their employees
 Expanding motorcycle parking opportunities in the CBD
 Facilitating more off-street ride-sharing pick-up and drop-off points
The Parking Taskforce, brought together a broad range of industry bodies representing motorists, schools, businesses, retailers, transport workers and people with a disability, including RACQ, Parents and Citizens Queensland, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Multicap, the Transport Workers Union, Taxi Council Queensland and the National Retail Association.
Council will now take the time to review the Parking Taskforce’s Report before announcing a timeline for implementing the Taskforce’s recommendations.
The Parking Taskforce will meet in three and six months, and then annually, to assess the success of recommendations as they are implemented by Council.
[Ends] 1 DECEMBER, 2014

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