It’s getting harder and harder to find a park during peak hours on Banna Ave, but a new initiative by Griffith City Council is hoped to open up room for three more spaces for cars in the heart of the CBD.
Four motorcycle parking sports have been installed at 326-328 Banne Ave, just outside Bertoldo’s Bakery and opposite Griffith Court.
Councillor Simon Croce said, “as a motorbike rider myself, I always feel guilty taking a full car parking space. We hope motorcyclists will start parking here to free up other spaces”.
Cr Croce said there are many motorcyclists in Griffith, and some have been asking about more parking for some time.
The only other motorbike parking spaces on Banna Ave are located outside Il Corso restaurant.
Cr Croce also said there is nothing to stop push bike riders for utilising the premium space.
It was at the September Griffith City Council Traffic Committee meeting the issue was raised.
Trainee Engineer James Tomarchio, briefed the Committee on a request to install ‘motor bikes only’ parking in lieu of one car space in front of 326-328 Banna Ave.
He explained that as the requirements for a standard passenger vehicle to utilise the nominated car space does not meet the Australian Standard, it was recommended that the request be granted.
Councillor Doug Curran asked how many motor bike parking spots would be gained from the car space in question and Mr Tomarchio explained that four bike spaces would be installed.
It was recommended on the motion of Committee members John Bonetti and Sergeant Matt Carroll that the committee grant the request for installation of motorcycle parking in front of 326-328 Banna Avenue.
In other news to emerge from the Traffic Committee, Mr Tomarchio explained that he has received a request for additional disabled parking at the new Service NSW site.
However, there was no adequate space available to grant this request due to the existing constraints of the surrounding road infrastructure.
In another matter, Sgt Carroll advised that he has received a request for installation of an additional 80km/h speed limit sign on Mirrool Branch Canal Road facing eastbound drivers as they exit the Kidman Way.
At present there is some ambiguity that makes enforcement difficult. The Committee agreed to install the requested sign.
Details on traffic committee matters, and well as council meeting minutes can be found on Griffith City Council's agenda and committee website page.
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