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At yesterday's council infrastructure services and networks committee meeting, Cr Conrad Stedman asked for a staff report on the possibility of pedestrianising the 30km/h waterfront road.
Cr Stedman had earlier told the meeting the rising popularity of St Clair was adding to the pressure on parking in the area.
Some people were using the Esplanade as a place to show off their vehicles, and he feared it was only a matter of time until a young child was hit.
Vehicle access to the Esplanade had been restricted while contractors worked on a new roundabout at the intersection of Forbury and Victoria Rds, and he believed that the change had been well received.
Cr David Benson-Pope said he hoped the report would consider wider urban design issues in the area, including parking and beach access, and not just pedestrianisation.
The move followed last month's trial closure of the Dunedin Railway Station forecourt, prohibiting vehicles from using the area, which could lead to a permanent change by the middle of the year.