Rau's city bike park proposal "absurd": Haese
Published by InDaily on 15-Nov-2016
Planning Minister John Rau’s proposal to allow fewer bicycle parking spaces in new city buildings is "absurd", Lord Mayor Martin Haese says.
Rau’s city development plan amendment (DPA), on which the minister is currently considering submissions, suggests reducing that ratio to one bike parking space for every four dwellings within new city buildings along key public transport routes.
"Cycling journeys in and through the city have doubled since 2003."
It is pretty absurd. I know quoting a personal anecdote is meaningless, but in my four-unit building in the inner suburbs there are three bikes chained up to various posts and rails because there are precisely 0 bicycle parks!
Also, bicycle parks take up significantly less room than car parks. It can't be that hard surely?
Daniel, have noted that some local councils' planning rules require car parking for housing and shopping centres, but fall short for bicycle parking. Even ignoring Austroads guidelines which suggests how much bicycle parking and security grade, according to building use and size.
Definitely need better bicycle parking planning rules (and enforcement) in the inner suburbs. Knowing there is weather-protected secure bicycle parking could be the incentive to take up convenient bicycle transport to the CBD.