Tauranga commuter parking survey

The city council wants to know CBD commuter attitudes.

Tauranga City Council is surveying central city commuters to learn what parking and alternative travel options are important to them.

The survey is open from today Tuesday until Thursday, to better understand commuters' needs and thoughts on possible alternatives.  

City Council staff will be interviewing people on the street and the survey is also available online.

The street survey focuses on short term parking customers, people who have come to the city centre for shopping or business meetings, says a statement from Tauranga City Council.

The survey asks people how much importance they place on things like cost, availability and location of car parks, and it asks what other travel options people would consider.

The online survey aims at all day commuters, people who work in the city centre.

“The online survey has been sent to some of the large city centre employers and is being distributed to local businesses via Downtown Tauranga. 

“The surveys have been launched to see if there are any opportunities for the council to make quick improvements to parking availability in the short term.

“A lot of work is being done by the city and regional councils to make it easier for people to move around the city without relying on private vehicles, with significant public transport improvements coming next year.

“This week's parking surveys are a small measure to see if a bit of parking pressure can be eased in the meantime,” says the statement from the city council.


I agree with The Caveman & Old Trucker

Posted on 17-05-2017 10:19 | By Linaire

The new Trustpower building should have been constructed with a 300 space carpark built underneath. You can't get a park in the carpark building now after 9.30-10am! Carparking in Tauranga City is totally inadequate.... and puts me right off going into the city! And why do the buses need to go down Grey Street? If you are shopping in the city, you are WALKING for goodness sake, so surely you can walk another few metres to the bus stops in Willow Street, or is that too much for some people!

Do cars rule - really?

Posted on 16-05-2017 23:47 | By Oldboy

I'm stunned to see suggestions that we should get rid of trees, remove seats, restrictive footpath widths and make public transport less accessible. Tauranga is a beautiful city and a place where people should enjoy coming to shop. Just look at the photo and see how much the trees add to the scene. Granted, you can't enjoy it if you can't get to so the problem needs to be addressed. Parking garages are surely the way to go along with improved public transport.


Posted on 16-05-2017 22:36 | By The Caveman

The REAL PROBLEM, is the COUNCIL allowing multi story buildings, WITHOUT ANY PROVISION FOR ON SITE PARKING !!! Simple really, you want to build a office block that will have 300 workers ?? FORGET public transport in Tauranga - it does not go where it needs too when the potential users want too. EVERY NEW BUILDING in the CBD should have to provide ONE car park for every person who the building owner expects to be working in the building. RESULT - none of the workers in the building need to be parking ON THE STREETS around the building. Look at that thing being built on 3rd ? Avenue /Cameron Rd. 600 workers - 100 carparks. TOTAL STUPIDY by Coun


Posted on 16-05-2017 16:42 | By Kari11

Transport survey is really only relevant to people who work in the CBD.

Closing door after horse has bolted

Posted on 16-05-2017 13:43 | By Border Patrol

It seems that everyone except the council could see that parking was always going to be an issue with the new commercial developments in the CBD which have brought hundreds more commuters in to the city centre which already had woefully inadequate car parking. Now they are scrambling around with half baked ideas like using reserves as carparks and shuttles to the CBD (temporarily they say, but this isn't a short term fix). A good reliable public transport system which covers a good portion of the WBOP could keep people out of their cars and help to alleviate the problem.

here we go again

Posted on 16-05-2017 13:37 | By old trucker

Another SURVEY, after one last week and the week before,They know exactly whats wrong, if they got RID of all those trees and seats in Mainstreet it would take another 40 cars, (but ) what would i know, they will not listen to what people think,as they are trying to justifiy THEIR JOBS and make out they are doing something, also get RID of BUS STOPS in Grey street (2) are people to lazy to walk to Willow steet Bus stop,(of cause) and this would also STOP the DIESEL fumes from (Buses) ALSO all these tables out on the Street does not help as with a big unused waste of space where all these seats are, for goodness sake TCC just make the footpath on right hand side going up by taking a metre off it and making rd wider, but who will listen ,Sunlive Thankyou,10-4.

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