Angle parking here is extremely dangerous for bicycles

Reported in the Road/highway category anonymously at 12:11, Fri 26 November 2010

Sent to Christchurch City Council 29 sec later.

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The parking along this stretch of road is extremely dangerous for bicycles. It should be parallel parking - the angle parking is very bad idea. The angle of the parking is facing the wrong way, so anyone backing out of a park cannot see oncoming traffic until the car is mostly out of the parking space and blocking the roadway. This is most dangerous for bicycles travelling east, but also a hazard for other traffic. The angle parking also narrows the road considerably, forcing bicycles into close proximity with the heavy car traffic along this stretch.

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Good, quick response from CCC, same day as issue reported. I hope the trial is not successful - I have used the parking here as a motorist and it is difficult to back into these parks, especially in heavy traffic. Still dangerous for cyclists. Dear Rob, Thank you for your online website enquiry regarding the angle parking in Cashel Street. The Council has agreed to try out 'angle parking' at 165 Cashel Street where the new Inland Revenue Department is located. Because it is just a trial, there are no traffic offence if motorists park in the spaces the wrong way. Angle parking in Central Christchurch is seen as having both advantages and disadvantages: The advantages include - The potential to be safer - If used the right way the driver is in a better position to see when exiting - Overseas it has shown to be better for cyclists. - It provides more kerbside parking than parallel. - It is very common overseas where it is considered better. The disadvantages include - There are few locations in NZ. - Motorist have difficulty in reversing in. - There is not a high degree of compliance to date. Angle parking of cars is similar to perpendicular parking, except cars are arranged at an angle to the kerb. The gentler turn allows easier and quicker parking, narrower aisles, and higher density than perpendicular parking thus it creates a larger number of parking spaces. Angle parking is a type of On-Road Parking which can be described as being located alongside the edge of the road where moving in and out of a parking space may affect with traffic flow. There are generally two types of angle parking: 'front-in' angle parking (where a motorist drives their vehicle into the angled space and reverses out) or 'rear-in' angle parking (where the motorist passes the space and then reverses into the park and drives forward out of the space) may occur. If you have any further queries, please reply to this email or call our Customer Services Team on 941 8999. Kind Regards, Customer Services Administrator Customer Services Unit

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