What a gratifying response to my letter in December concerning parking in Grenfell's main street.
Although there was only one valid objection and many opinions against nose -in parking the study done by Austroads (23/1/17) comes out strongly in favour.
In Austroads Traffic Management Report 8:5:2 Front to Kerb versus Rear to Kerb Angle Parking the following issues were addressed:
The issue is listed followed by the preferred option.
1) Exhaust emissions - Front -to kerb
2) Loading/ unloading vehicles - Rear-to kerb
3) Judgement in a reversing manoeuvre - Front-to-kerb
4) Motorist confusion - Front-to-kerb
5) Disruption to passing traffic when reversing - Front-to kerb
6) Traffic and cyclist safety - Rear-to-kerb
7) Impact with kerb obstructions - Front-to-kerb
8) Pedestrian safety - Front to kerb
Austroads is comprised of the Federal and State Traffic Departments in Australia and New Zealand. It is the peak body for traffic professionals and would be considered the expert in this field.
At present, how many vehicles in Grenfell are parked correctly?
How often do we see uneconomical use of parking space due to wrong angle of parking and illegal overhang ( especially of utes) and damage to verandah posts?
For the expense of a few drums of white paint, speed restriction signs and kerb stoppers the use of our main street could become so much more efficient in the use of the limited parking space available.