The Traffic and Car Parking Implications of Marinas

This paper focuses on the car parking demands of marinas and boat moorings. The issue of car parking needs to be seen in the context of the overall travel demands. Marinas providing a high level of parking in turn attract travel by private car. The unrestrained provision of parking runs against current planning philosophy as…

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This paper focuses on the car parking demands of marinas and boat moorings. The issue of car parking needs to be seen in the context of the overall travel demands. Marinas providing a high level of parking in turn attract travel by private car. The unrestrained provision of parking runs against current planning philosophy as expressed in New South Wales Draft State Environmental Planning Policy No.66, which suggests that in areas with good public transport, parking could be restricted, to encourage public transport usage. There is scope for applying such a policy for sites fronting Sydney Harbour, where public transport is generally good, but less scope in other waterways such as Port Hacking to the south and Pittwater/Broken Bay to the north. There is of course a counter argument that travel to marinas mainly takes place on the weekend when public transport levels of service are lower, and that people who can afford to go boating and who might be traveling with food and equipment for the day`s – or longer – outing might not find public transport attractive. If an inadequate level of on-site parking simply means that boat users park on adjacent streets then the transport policy objective of encouraging people out of their cars and into public transport might not be achieved.

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