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“Walking the talk” for cyclists and sustainability in Parramatta

“Walking the talk” for cyclists and sustainability in Parramatta
Submitted by Robyn Francis on November 17, 2021

The City of Parramatta and Spot Parking have expanded their award winning Parramatta City Parking Finder to show kerbside bike parking spots. In an Australian first, cyclists can now view all bike parking spots around the city, exactly where they are and if they suit your bike type.

Popular areas where bicycle racks are located include the Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus, CommBank Stadium, Parramatta Local Court, and Westfield Parramatta. Accessibility near populated and congested areas is especially beneficial as they encourage bike transportation rather than cars, limiting traffic and the number of parked cars.

"Spot has been a supplier for the City of Parramatta for over 4 years now, the city has been one of the first cities in the world to have digitised their kerbside infrastructure with Spot," said COO Oliver Lewis.

"This digitisation unlocks myriad benefits including the opportunity to use the public-facing 'Parking Finder' to communicate and encourage various behaviours. In this latest project the City has supported a sustainable mode of transport by allowing cyclists to see where there is bike parking (and how many spaces) available."

Shifting towards sustainability

The United Nations states that, currently, there are about 1 billion bicycles in the world, estimated to be as many passenger cars. With such an extensive amount of bikes, the transportation and parking industry is required to accommodate and incorporate bicycles and other forms of sustainable transportation within their services. And allocation of safe, reliable kerbside storage space for bikes is a key part of this.

The parking racks displayed across the city indicate where commuters are able to park their bicycles and lock them up for safety. The silver metal U-shaped or curved racks found on sidewalks are a clear display of where individuals should park their bikes.

The Parramatta Parking Finder eases stress and saves time by providing access and display of bicycle parking spaces near your destination. It can also limit the possibility of accidents from occurring by knowing where to park beforehand, leaving the rider to focus on their commute.

Parramatta City Parking Finder

To find bike parking in Parking Finder, select the bicycle parking option and you’ll see the green bicycle circle icon displayed across the city. By selecting each individual icon, you are able to view how many bicycle spaces are within each parking space, and also see a photo so that they know what type of parking there is - some may be looking for specific types that suit their bike lock, for instance.

This improves mobility across the city by reducing the stress and energy required to find availability, and confusion of whether it is appropriate to leave bikes locked up. The last thing anyone wants is to leave their bike locked to a pole and come back to it missing. It also allows people to travel around the city with the confidence of finding a safe and efficient bicycle rack near their destination.

Spot is delighted to see cities such as Parramatta embrace the use of the kerb for micro-mobility and sustainable uses, and publishing these for the community to easily see, ensuring that those who prefer biking as a form of transportation have clear access and accessibility to parking spaces.