Wellington’s Parking Space Dilemma
Wellington City Council confirms it’s reviewing motorcycle parking spaces in the city “to more effectively manage public space in the CBD.”
Motorcyclists have long enjoyed free all-day parking in the CBD, while drivers of cars have to pay. An estimated 1100 motorbikes come into the central city each day – a 178% increase over the last 10 years – and there is currently free space for 500 to park on the streets.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says every car park in the CBD earns about $6000 in revenue a year. Removing car parks to put in more free motorcycle spaces would adversely affect Council revenue.
There is more demand from motorcyclists for short-term parking. The majority of motorcyclists are parking all day, leaving no opportunity for other motorcyclists to park short-term.
“This rapid increase in demand has thrown up a significant challenge for us – how to balance the available space in an equitable way,” says the Mayor.
“Because the Council controls only 10% of available parking space in the city we are talking to the operators of privately-owned parking buildings about offering more off-street parking for motorcyclists.”
“But we certainly do not intend removing on-street parking for motorcycles and scooters. That would make no sense especially in light of the huge increase in motorcycles now being ridden into, and around, the city”.