Review provision of on-street car parking for addresses which have unused off-street parking

A lot of garages and driveways sit unused, and the residents park on the street instead. Consider replacing on-street parking with uphill bike lanes on through roads.

This is a problem for pedestrians too.

For example, on Brougham Hayes pedestrians are regularly forced to walk on the carriageway, simply because the pavement is too narrow to cope with the volume of pedestrian traffic on this street.

The pavement is this narrow in order to accomodate a small number of on-street parking spaces, even though the houses on Brougham Hayes have garages in the back.

Why the contribution is important

There is a significant speed difference between bicycles and motor vehicles when going uphill, which leads to some drivers becoming impatient and performing dangerous overtakes.

This perceived lack of safety - due to bicycle and cars sharing the same lane - is suppressing cyclist numbers.

At the same time, a lot of residential properties have driveways or garages which are not used for their intended purpose because the residents find it easier to keep their cars on the street.

by responder on December 10, 2020 at 03:25PM

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  • Posted by Anne December 11, 2020 at 07:41

    It unreasonable to allow residents to ‘garage’ their cars on the public street paid for by everyone, car owners and non car owners alike. In Bath many, many cars do not move regularly, perhaps being used once a week. Residence parking should be dramatically increased to £1,200 a year approximately the same cost as renting a garage. Parking should be free at out of town sites and the bus ride to collect the car should also be free.
    This would dramatically reduce city centre parking, when thinking about a journey the time barrier to getting the car for a journey would reduce driving. The cost would mean it would be more likely that people would give up their cars, use a taxi and occasionally hire a car for longer journeys.
  • Posted by PaulJ January 02, 2021 at 12:58

    To support this: BANES needs to raise money somehow - charging for all on-street parking would appear to be a fair, environmental answer.
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