Snow and parking on agenda

Slow  clearing of snow and a lack of car parks in Dunedin because of cycleways will be discussed at the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting in Middlemarch tomorrow, chairman Barry Williams says.

The ''lack of speed'' in which contractors cleared snow from Hyde roads would be discussed, along with Dunedin cycleways causing a lack of parking in the city, he said.

''When country people go to town there's fewer places to park a car,'' Mr Williams said.

Clearways and carparks

There seems to be a lot of concern about the loss of carparks because of cycle lanes. However, how many carparks have been removed in Dunedin due to clearways or the permanent introduction of new lanes for traffic. It seems in the past 20 years that would add up to a lot.

True, up to a point

JAYSONHOOGY makes some half-good points, e.g. "if we had more local people cycling within the city, instead of driving their car, there would be more car parks", which is in his opinion a good reason for more cycle lanes.  But there are already footpaths, so if we had more local people cycling within the city, instead of driving their car, there would be no need for the creation of cycle lanes.

Then "Good cycling infrastructure, that makes cycling safer, will allow more people to use a bicycle instead of driving. So maybe the Strath Taieri community board should be advocating for an increase in the cycling infrastucture in the city, so that there will be more car parks when they are in town."  True up to a point.  More people "may" choose to use bicycles; on the other hand they may choose not to, just as people choose to use bicycles rather than walking, or cars rather than cycling or being pedestrians.

Convenience, comfort, perceptions of safety, and amount of time they are willing to put into getting from one place to another in their daily lives influence people's choices.  The availability of footpaths has not influenced more people to use them in recent years than in the past, when it was less common to drive quite a distance around town (excepting the CBD and Univeristy area) without seeing any living creature on the footpaths, not even a dog now that most dog-owners have got the message about keeping their pets secure at home. 

Is this really the top priorities for the meeting?

I find it strange that Mr Williams mentions cycleways as causing the lack of parking in the metro area of Dunedin. I find it even stranger that this is on the agenda for the Strath Taieri community board, as this isn't even in the region covered by the board.

It seems, based on previous comments Mr Williams has made, that he doesn't like sharing the road with other road users. It seems that he personally doesn't like cycleways and has therefore blamed them as the cause of the parking issue.

Surely the number one reason for the lack of available carparks is other cars parked in the car parks. So if we had more local people cycling within the city, instead of driving their car, there would be more car parks when country people go to town.

Good cycling infrastructure, that makes cycling safer, will allow more people to use a bicycle instead of driving. So maybe the Strath Taieri community board should be advocating for an increase in the cycling infrastucture in the city, so that there will be more car parks when they are in town.

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