Hamilton City Council is on a mission to shape a city that is great to live in, however people choose to get around. This includes providing safe, accessible and convenient end-of-trip facilities for people on bikes and scooters.
The council’s transport and urban mobility program delivery manager, Martin Parkes, believes people should feel comfortable leaving their bikes or scooters in a safe and accessible place when traveling around the city. town.
“For this reason, we are investing $150,000 a year for bicycle and scooter parking as part of the council’s long-term plan for the city. This is supported by a 51% grant from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency,” Parkes said.
In March 2022, the Council contacted the community to ask people where they would like to see more bicycle and scooter parking racks installed, and whether any existing parking facilities needed to be improved to make it more convenient for people to choose different modes of transport.
An interactive online map was set up for people to place pins where they thought parking should be improved or added. A survey was also available to help Council get a better idea of people’s transportation habits.
Parkes said the results showed most people wanted to be able to park outside parks, playgrounds and local stores, with secure and visible parking spots.
Some key locations identified on the map included Lake Hamilton, Gray Street in Hamilton East, malls, Waikato Hospital and the University of Waikato.
“So far the focus has been on eating out in the city center so it’s great to hear that people want more localized facilities for day-to-day tasks such as shopping or having a coffee. “, said Parkes,
The map also highlighted the need for facilities that allow people to change modes of transport mid-journey, providing safe, covered and well-lit areas to store a bicycle or scooter for longer periods.
Parkes said of those who participated in the map and online survey, 88% use a car, 63% cycle and 44% said they walk to get around Hamilton.
“That means people often switch modes of transport to get around our city, but people don’t use their bikes and scooters to access another mode of transport – that’s something we’ll consider at the moment. future when installing facilities for bicycles and scooters.”
Council staff are currently reviewing the data to identify where to place the next batch of bicycle and scooter parking racks, with approximately 100 installations expected over the next fiscal year.
“Based on the survey results, Hamilton East is definitely an area of interest for the team. It is an area that is also linked to the Council’s forthcoming University Link project, which will provide safer connections on foot, bike and scooter between the city center and the university,” said Parkes,
For more information on what the Council is doing to make it safer and more convenient for people to choose different types of transport to get around, visit hamilton.govt.nz/transport