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Petition requests one side parking on narrow roads

Nov 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

 

DOUBLE PARKED: An unmarked road in Newlands creates safety concerns for a resident.

A NEWLANDS resident is petitioning council for single-side parking on narrow roads because of safety concerns.

Brendan White, a motorist, motorcyclist and public transport user, has submitted an ePetition to Wellington City Council asking for yellow lines to be painted on one side of narrow roads.

According to the council, narrow roads make vehicles “travel more slowly” and decrease the serious crash risk.

Mr White lives on a corner of a narrow road and says he has had to back up his car when boy racers take the corner and the narrow roads “quite fast”.

He says he gets “to experience various annoyances, which come about due to the mix of skinny roads and dual-side car parking”.

“I have near misses on my bike when cars use my lane to avoid parked cars. I often have to back up in my car or pull over and give way when there is not enough room for two cars or bikes to pass,” he says.

“I also have had to walk on the road when walking to the bus, as cars have parked over the footpath trying to give traffic more room, usually when a car is parked on the other side of the road as well.”

Mr White says he is not alone in his safety concerns as quite a few people in his area have complained about the issues, but have not done anything about it.

Mr White says that streets in his area with parking on both sides range from 6.2m to 13.9m wide, and as his car is approximately 2m wide, roads narrower than 6.19m should not have both side parking.

“In my view, it should be pretty easy to have a formula for what type of parking is appropriate on what width streets. Roads and footpaths are primarily for getting around, not for storing peoples’ vehicle.”

Wellington City Council transport leader and councillor Andy Foster says council does a lot of work to improve road safety and that road narrowing is one solution.

“One merit of narrowing effective carriageway widths is that vehicles will travel more slowly. It may be that there are more minor (though nonetheless irritating) scrapes and dings to vehicles.

“However the main issue we need to minimise is the more serious crash, especially involving injury.”

Mr Foster says new traffic resolutions are passed every month as a result of public participation.

“Traffic engineers consider these and then they are advertised to allow for objections before being approved by councillors for implementation.”

While a “blanket approach to yellow lining every street under a given width is unlikely to be supported” council will consider proposals by the public, he says.

Mr White’s petition has attracted nine signatures and closes on December 29.

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  1. Ban parking on the side of narrow roads full stop. It creates a hazard, blocks traffic, but then again it comes down to peoples attitudes, you stop and let them in they dont thank you for doing so. Im sick of having to flash my lights and yell “”get out of the way” every time a car is coming in the opposite direction. Parking on narrow road sis not only dangerous but can lead to road rage as well.

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