The facts on car and bicycle parking spaces

The City’s Employment Lands Strategy does not propose any new restrictions to the number of parking spaces in the area.
The consultants’ study, done as part of the report, predicted that as employment in the area grows, there will be a need to encourage more people to use public transport. This is what happens in any area where employment increases and road congestion gets worse.
A report going to Council this week recommends staff meet with the NSW Government to investigate transport improvements for the southern employment area.
The City has long advocated light rail in this area to ease congestion and has invested millions of dollars purchasing properties to turn into a new light rail corridor.
The Employment Lands Strategy aims to support and encourage a diverse range of businesses in Sydney’s most essential employment lands, located in the global arc between Australia’s biggest airport and Australia’s biggest central business district.
The strategy provides a plan for business to flourish in a global city. It broadens the uses of sites that were traditionally dominated by heavy industry so they suit modern employment needs and cater to growth industries, including creative and digital industries and freight and logistics.
The future infrastructure identified in the urban design study includes road improvements and widening on busy roads, public transit corridor for buses and light rail, separated bike paths and shared pedestrian paths.
On an average weekday, only one-third of all trips into the Sydney CBD are made by vehicle and around 92 per cent of these trips are less than 2km - most people choose to catch public transport when coming into the CBD.
There are currently 70,000 off-street parking spaces in the Sydney CBD and many are empty throughout the day.
It is city businesses who are behind the push to make riding to and from work safer and easier, and thousands of their employees are now riding,
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsyth said on September 13, 2013: “Most businesses now support staff who want to cycle to work.''
NSW executive director of the Property Council of Australia, Glenn Byres also said: ''I know the debate about bike paths can be a contentious one - but it is being led by people who work in the city. This is evident in the growing number of property managers installing bike lockers and showers in office buildings.” 
The new Greenland residential development includes a bicycle space with every apartment. The development has proved extremely popular with reports stating that more than 90 per cent of 120 apartments were sold on one day in April when they were first placed on the market.
The NSW Government’s Barangaroo project similarly encourages bicycle use. Lend Lease, the Barangaroo developers, requested parking for 188 car spaces and 708 bicycles in their development application lodged with the NSW Department of Planning for their first office tower.
Encouraging more people to ride a bike or use public transport helps reduce congestion which ultimately benefits those who do need to drive. It’s something that is happening in cities around Australia and in other cities around the world.

Last updated: Monday, 16 June 2014