BIKESydney's submission to the City's On-street Parking Strategy

Admittedly, perhaps one for the deconstructionalists and hard-of-sleeping...

BIKESydney has made a submission (see attachment) to the City's Draft Neighbourhood Parking Policy - its long-term strategy to manage on-street (motor vehicle) parking. 

We think the draft policy too conservative and unambitious and one that fails to serve the City's Sustainable Sydney 2030 (Vision) goals

Our submission stressed the need for the policy to: 

- explicitly message that the City’s roads are for moving people not storing personal property (cars);

- message that on-street parking is a public resource, not an automatic entitlement of any citizen;

cap the total number of car parking spaces;

- have parking revenues better reflect the true cost of providing parking spaces;

- price parking to make public transport attractive;

hypothecate on-street parking revenues to sustainable transport;

- include bike parking needs;

- provide a scheme of incentives to discourage parking and demand for parking permits;

- introduce "smart parking meters" (that can price parking dynamically according to demand);

- provide strategies to have the City move away from ad-hoc management of parking;

- involve the community in decisions about demand management;

- deploy at least one pilot parking program based on market-driven pricing, and

...well there's probably other stuff in there too... 

Enjoy  ;-p

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Its good to keep airing the concept that a road corridor is not really the right place to store large private assets, and that the more we reduce the size of those assets, the more the road transport system remains functional against increases in population, particularly in areas of concentrated population.

I think of CoS being a progressive sort of Council but their parking policy seems very back to the 50's. Bike Sydney has skewered them rather well I think. Congratulations on a well written submission.

 Having experience on Leichhardt Council committees I know only too well how they will go to extreme lengths to preserve car parking spots. It is often the highest priority (a report often ends with: "and there is no loss of parking" ) and occupies an excessive amount of time IMHO. We will know when they are serious about  sustainable transport and sustainability in general when they start getting tough on parking provision. Or at least charging realistically for it, and putting the money to good use as Bike Sydney suggests.

Although the consultation/submission period closed last week I found it possible to send CoS feedback via their website thanking them for carrying out consultation and also indicating that I support Bike Sydney's submission.

No reason why we all should not do that I suppose.

Perhaps you can comment on the need for a higher proportion of new unit approvals to cater for people that do not own a MV. There are too many new parking spaces being created and adding to prices of units plus making them less suited to people who choose to live without MVs.

Nice work BikeSydney, like it a lot. Now, here's your good news story for the day. From yankeeland:

As more urbanites shun cars, some cities shun parking-space requirements.

More parking just means more cars, and makes alternatives more difficult.

The parking requirements defined by Council for new buildings is really fascinating...  no really... it is!

Different Councils around the world have tried specifying minimum parking ratios (so new residents don't park on the streets) or maximum parking ratios (to minimise the number of cars added to an area).  What is often lacking is the ability for home buyers to choose whether they want to buy a car space.  Car spaces are lumped in with the purchase price and become a hidden cost that reduces housing affordability.  A better idea is to provide car spots on separate titles.  Then people can buy as many car spaces as they want (at market price).

Some people would buy a car space to store bicycles, but at least it gives people a choice.

Indeed... I have a 4 car garage and no car!!

I agree, I suppose the best that someone can do facing the affordability snag with a compulsory garage is to rent it out. That'll be easy where on street parking is in short supply, so you also need on street parking to be properly restricted if you are intent on forcing people to have garages.

The compulsory garage thing is socially nasty, imagine forcing a blind person to buy a garage?




Our response to CoS Councillor Jenny Green acknowledging and supporting our submission, written only just last evening...




Thanks kindly Jenny.


By the way, attached is a recent article (City Hub 11 July 2013) that bears evidence to the market's appetite and capacity to pay for car parking in the City.


The article references the secondary market for city parking advertised through online fora such as Here is a representative advertisement on that indicates the market for parking. Note that the cost of parking in this garage for merely one week ($50/week) is more than the cost of a CoS resident parking permit for an entire year ($49 per annum).


  1. Clearly a significant disparity in the City's and the market's valuation of parking;
  2. Clearly a statement of the CURRENT (let alone future) need for the City to price on-street parking more appropriately;
  3. Clearly a statement of the capacity and appetite for car-free living within city households. (One might ask, why does not the Parking Policy quantify the number and location of existing car-free households?);
  4. Clearly a statement of the vital importance of the need to connect the local versus global perspectives of parking management. Imagine the parking demand management that would result if the City's parking policies were determined by the positions of the Pyrmont Community group (for example)? Well, this is how parking demand is now managed - by response to the requests of individuals.


The current on-street parking system is saturated, sick and in need of serious reform. CoS' parking policy needs to cohere these issues, and needs to be bold.


Thanks for your consideration of this matter.
Here's for a more liveable Sydney.


Hope you're well.







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