IT will be easier to find a parking space, in the right place at the right time, thanks to a fresh and cutting edge approach to parking across the Gold Coast.
The City Parking Plan 2015 will use a combination of state-of-the-art technology and a new pricing mechanism to increase the availability of spaces, particularly at peak times, cutting congestion and boosting business in our local centres.
A key feature of the plan to increase spaces will be demand pricing, where parking rates will reflect local parking conditions. This will mean motorists who travel during busy periods will be able to find parking faster, reducing congestion. A pilot project to test the concept will start in Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads in mid-2015.
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Mayor Tom Tate said that the new City Parking Plan is all about keeping the city moving.
“In a similar scheme in San Francisco, the time spent finding a parking space was cut by 43 per cent and there was a 30 per cent cut in vehicle miles. Parking became a whole lot easier, but perhaps the best news was for the local economy, where a 30 per cent increase in visits gave a huge boost to local businesses,” he said.
“Making parking simpler, more efficient and more flexible is good for the whole city – good for locals and visitors getting around our city, and great for doing business,” he said.
To further improve the parking experience, new parking meters, in-ground parking bay sensors and car park monitoring systems will capture real-time data on parking availability and transmit this live to motorists through a new smartphone app and solar-powered signs near car parks.
Parking meters and sensors are currently being installed in key locations, and the first new signs are now operating on the main approaches to Bruce Bishop Car Park in Surfers Paradise.
Parking was a key issue for residents in Mayor Tom Tate’s 2014-15 budget survey, with 85% of respondents saying parking facilities and regulation were important to our city.
The City Parking Plan 2015 applies international best practice to the Gold Coast – and positions the City ahead of other major Australian cities in our approach to reducing congestion and boosting productivity for residents, businesses and visitors alike.
We are one of the first cities in Australia to prepare a stand-alone parking plan aimed at boosting city efficiency and productivity and looking beyond parking meters and fines.