The County Council reviewed during 2007 its on-street parking policies in light of the growth agenda and the increasing pressures on the county’s road network. The review looked into various aspects of parking management including:
- consistency of parking policy with long-term strategic transport needs
- the balance of residents’ and commuter parking controls
- the role of residents’ parking schemes
- controlled parking areas
- the relationship between on- and off-street parking charges and bus fares
- disabled parking controls
- parking in new developments
- cycle parking
- car clubs
Of course, cycle parking is of most relevance to us in this context.
For the first time, cycle parking is now required to form part of all parking proposals that come forward.
Point 4 in the policy reads:
“On-street parking controls shall secure a reasonable balance of all parking needs, for motorised and non-motorised vehicles, taking into account strategic transport objectives and the need to secure appropriate provision for local residents.”
and the guidance, which acts as the interpretation of the main policy text, reads:
“Cycle parking: the provision of cycle parking should form part of all parking proposals but for cycle parking to be used it needs to be reasonably close to the destination and to provide a reasonable level of security.”
We shall be watching like a hawk to ensure that cycle parking “forms part of all parking proposals” that come forward!
The new policy is on the County’s website at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/parkingpolicy