Why are the changes being proposed?
Residents in Park Parade have been reporting difficulties in finding a parking space in their street for some time. Increased sporting and recreational activities in Waverley Park and the Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre have also created additional demand for parking in the area. This has led to an increase in illegal parking in the area, including double parking to drop off children to the park and parking across driveways, which inconvenience residents as well as reduce safety.
What do the proposed changes involve?
Consulting residents and local road users to determine their level of support for:
- introducing one-way southbound traffic in Park Parade from Bondi Road to Birrell Street, including signage and road markings
- installing unrestricted parallel parking on both sides of the street (creating approximately 40 additional spaces)
- creating a 150m 'kiss and drop' zone along the western side of Park Parade near Birrell Street
Due to safety concerns, Council also plans to install traffic calming devices including speed cushions or 'humps', kerb blisters and line markings. These safety measures will be undertaken regardless of whether the one-way traffic proposal proceeds.
Why has Council chosen one-way southbound?
A study by traffic consultants in 2010 showed that in the survey period, 64% of vehicles travelled south along Park Parade, from Bondi Road to Birrell Street, while only 36% of vehicles travelled north, from Birrell Street to Bondi Road. The potential impact on surrounding streets (including Bondi Rd, Birrell St, Ocean St and Bennett St) and intersections was also investigated, which showed that one-way southbound would have a much lower impact on the majority of intersections in comparison to one-way northbound.
Consultants noted that one-way northbound is not a feasible option due to the current preference for most drivers to travel south along Park Parade, plus the traffic delays and queues which would be worsened along Bondi Road. The impact upon traffic flow, particularly on Bondi Road, would most likely mean that an application from Council to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for one-way northbound would be rejected.
All other options proposed - including widening Park Parade - are not feasible options. One-way signage would be limited to ensure minimal impact on the views of the street.
Why isn't angle parking included in the proposal?
At 9.0m in width, the street is limited to 3 lanes for traffic and parking. Park Parade is also too narrow for 90o angle parking, so only 30o angle parking could be installed. As the number of driveways in Park Parade would restrict the number of angle parking bays, it is estimated that introducing one-way traffic with angle parking would only create an additional 10 parking spaces. By installing one-way traffic and two lanes of parallel parking, approximately 40 additional parking spaces could be created. Currently, there are 51 unrestricted parking spaces and one mobility parking space in Park Parade (east side).
Consultants have advised that there is sufficient space for a wider parking lane (3.0 metres wide) on the western side of Park Parade. This is important as the passenger side of vehicles would be immediately adjacent to the traffic lane. The parking lane on the eastern side of the street would be 2.75 metres wide (standard width) with the traffic lane at 3.25 metres in width.
Why is Council proposing to install speed cushions/ humps, kerb blisters and other traffic calming devices?
The speed humps and other traffic management devices will be installed regardless of whether the one-way proposal proceeds. In the traffic survey period, 46% of vehicles travelled above the speed limit of 50km/h. The study also revealed that Park Parade has an 85th percentile speed (a term used to describe the operating speed of a road) of 58km/h. It is therefore necessary to reduce the speed of vehicles in the street and increase pedestrian safety by installing traffic calming devices, including speed cushions or 'humps', kerb blisters, edge line markings. Having an additional parking lane should also assist in reducing the speed of vehicles travelling along Park Parade.
Speed humps are proposed at regular intervals throughout Park Parade (approximately every 100m), adjacent to properties set further back from the street and adjacent parking spaces so vehicles cannot manoeuvre around them.
View the map in the information leaflet for details on the exact locations of these traffic calming devices.
Who would be able to park in Park Parade?
The proposed additional parallel parking lane on the western side of Park Parade will be unrestricted, meaning that spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. This is consistent with the existing parking spaces in Park Parade and reflects the results of the most recent resident parking survey conducted in Park Parade (and surrounding streets) during 2011 which showed little support for the introduction of two hour parking restrictions, with resident permit holders excepted.
Council expects that the parking spaces would largely be used by residents, with visitors, sports participants, local workers and shoppers also utilising these additional spaces.
Why is Council proposing a 150m 'kiss and drop' zone?
To provide safe drop off and pick up parking zones for parents to use when children are attending sporting/recreation activities in Waverley Park, a second No Parking, 'kiss and drop' zone adjacent to the park was requested from the local community. Signage would read No Parking, 3.30pm-6.30pm Mon-Fri & 8.30am-5pm Sun. A ‘No Parking’ zone provides drivers with a two-minute time frame to drop-off and pick-up goods and passengers under the [NSW] Road Rules 2008. The drop off/pick up zone would operate during the peak hours for sporting activities in Waverley Park. Unrestricted parking would be permitted outside of the hours posted.
It was requested that the length of the kiss and drop zone in Park Parade from the intersection of Birrell Street be extended to preserve views into the park.
What about the impact on traffic in surrounding streets, like Bennett Street and Ocean Street South?
The impact identified by traffic consultants at the intersection of Bennett Street, Bondi Road and Penkivil Street would probably be negligible. Council proposes that if the one-way option is implemented, the performance level of this intersection should be closely monitored. Other less expensive options such as changes to traffic signal phasing could then be introduced if required.
The impact on traffic flow in other streets is expected to be minimal, but the situation would be monitored to ensure these streets and intersections operate at a satisfactory level.
When is Council proposing these changes be introduced?
Council will review all feedback from the consultation before determining whether to proceed with the one-way proposal. The local community will be updated on the progress of this proposal and advised before any changes are implemented. It is expected that the proposed changes, if there is community support, would be introduced in December 2013.