Bayside City Council is proposing to introduce in-ground parking sensors in and around Church Street to identify vacant car spaces.
These sensors will communicate with electronic variable message parking signs, displaying the number of car spaces available for a given location. This initiative is designed to maximise car parking for shoppers, tourists, traders and commuters and ensure that the Church Street Activity Centre remains vibrant and accessible.
The new technology will also be used for data collection and compliance to supplement existing methods, and to inform strategic and infrastructure planning of the Church Street activity centre precinct. There are no plans to introduce paid parking in the area.
You can read more about the proposal in the Report to Council (item 10.4) from the Ordinary Meeting held on 19 February 2019.
The sensors are very small and will not be noticeable once installed.
The final design of the signs will be informed by VicRoads standards.
Examples of each are shown below.
Sign locations will be chosen to ensure best visibility for approaching traffic. Proposed locations are indicated in the Trial Area document in the library.
The following car parks have been selected for inclusion in the trial. These car parks are illustrated in the Trial Area document in the library.
- Church Street (between Male Street and New Street)
- 21-27 Well Street Car Park
- Car Park Behind 115 Church Street
- Black Street Car Park
- 5 Well Street Car Park
Wireless sensors can either be directly mounted on the road surface, recessed within the road surface or placed beneath the road surface.
The sensors communication with electronic parking availability signage at strategic locations to provide real-time data to drivers about the number of vacant spaces in each location.
Information regarding parking availability can also be made available via a smartphone app to enable drivers to find out in advance which location they may be able to find a vacant parking space.
The technology will collect data so Council can better understand the demand on parking in different locations and across different times to inform future improvements.
The sensors will also be used to inform enforcement through monitoring where vehicles have overstayed time limits.
Council do not foresee any immediate changes to the existing parking restrictions within the area as a result of this initiative, nor do we have the intention of introducing paid parking.