Carparking along Beach Road

<p> <em> </em></p><p>Managing demand for carparking along Beach Road is a constant challenge dilemma for Council and the nearby community. Residents need to park close to their home, while beach goers want to park close to key points of interest. Demand for carparking needs to be balanced with the health and safety of all road users, cyclists and pedestrians included. Demand is obviously increased during the summer months when there is increased use of the foreshore. </p><p> </p><p>Council commissioned a traffic report to explore opportunities to increase the number of carparking spaces provided while protecting the health and safety of all road users. This report found that this was difficult, given the width of road required for vehicle access and the space required to park a car while providing cyclists with a reasonable buffer from car doors opening. </p><p> </p><p>The only feasible option that provided a net gain of carparking (up to 11 spaces) was to provide indented parallel parking along the residential side of the road. Please refer to page 6 of the Masterplan for more information. </p><p> </p><p>Which option do you prefer?</p><p> </p><p><strong>Option 1 – Maintain Status Quo</strong> </p><p> </p><p>No change to the carparking provision </p><p> </p><p><strong>Option 2 – Indented parking on the residential side between New Street and Small Street</strong></p><p> </p><p>Indented parking is parking that is recessed into the road reserve and is protected by a kerb channel. </p><p> </p><p><u>Pros</u></p><p> </p><ul> <li>Residents in these areas would have access to parking that is exempt from the current clearway restrictions. </li> <li>Results in a net gain of 6 – 11 car spaces. </li> </ul><p><u>Cons</u></p><ul> <li>Residents in these areas will still need to negotiate other road users and cyclists to break into the flow of traffic safely. </li> <li>Cyclists will need to negotiate vehicles parking and entering traffic in these two areas identified when other parts of Beach Road are a clearway.</li> <li>Grass would be replaced with bitumen and concrete. </li> </ul><p> <br></p>
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