This morning I lodged an objection to a planning application for a change of use to a gymnasium at my local shopping centre. Wow! The planning scheme only requires that the gym have 2 bike parking spaces for visitors and 2 for employees, even though the peak usage expects 50 patrons and 7 staff members.
The town planning report says that 50% of patrons are likely to live within 2km of the gym and the City of Yarra says that 80% of trips to work are by bicycle. I think that means that about 20 bicycles will need parking for about an hour during the peak time. And if they don’t, then the people attending the gym are dumb.
The 5 hoops are full, the nearby hoops are full and someone has locked their bike to a parking pole. There’s no room for 4 more bikes, and especially not 20 more.
The stuff I couldn’t put into my letter, because it doesn’t obviously impact on me, is that I would hope that staff at a gym are even more likely to ride to work than the patrons. What advice are consultants providing when they don’t include somewhere for gym junkies to park their expensive bikes?
It wouldn’t even be expensive or difficult to provide great bike parking for that gym. There’s plenty of lovely secure space for bicycle parking in the foyer of the stairs to the gym. Sillies!
When the shopping centre opened there was no bike parking provided and now there is none in the centre. There doesn’t even seem to be employee parking. But I’m sure the Yarra Planning scheme required them when the centre was built. I guess this is another example of sustainability reports that don’t get followed through to construction. What are we going to do about this?