Parking levy could finance the bicycle network

On the 11.5.09 we wrote to the Treasurer, Troy Buswell

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance suggests an additional levy of at least $11 per day for each parking spot within 2km of the GPO, or $4000 per year. Based on 50000 parking spots, that would yield $200 million per year. (A levy of $27.50 per day would yield over $0.5 Billion).

Premium parking in the CBD already costs $6000 to $8000, and even the “average” parking at His Majesties costs $22.50 per day. A system to licence parking spots (currently about $212 per day) already exists.

It has been shown that active and public transport thrives when private motorised transport is disadvantaged. We would suggest that 15% of the additional revenue is spent to provide better facilities for Public Transport, Pedestrians and Cyclists in the area where the levy applies, and a further 10% is spent to make the CBD easier reachable by public and active transport.

Motorised traffic will always grow to fill available road space, and therefore adding extra lanes to freeways is only an expensive temporary solution. Currently cycle movements over the Narrows are about 1.15% of car movements. If the higher car parking costs would convert a modest 10% of the 4’225’000monthly car movements over the Narrows to cycle movements or moved to public transport, the need for additional lanes would be alleviated.

Apart from the financial benefits of this proposal, shifting traffic from individual motorised transport to active and public transport has health benefits and would yield attractive greenhouse gas savings, as documented by Professor Baumann of University of Sydney in 2008.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance would like to meet with you to discuss ways to fund active transport in Perth.

Regards,

Heinrich Benz

The letter was referred to Minister for Transport, Simon O’Brien, who answered via his Chief of Staff on the 20th of July that the had increased the levy by between $555 and $586 pa, and that the revenue raised was used towards infrastructure, CAT buses, enhancing pedestrian and bicycle access and balanced transport system. I asked for details relating the to money to be spent on bicycle related infrastructure, but have yet to receive an answer.

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