Talking dollars and sense to boost city retail
Commenting on the story: Council backs reimbursing city carpark motorists, not public transport users
I was shocked in January to discover U-Park Rundle Street had cancelled the first-hour-free deal, meaning I saved $6 if I shopped quickly and efficiently.
Simple, effective way to encourage shopping in the city. Now they’re talking another system to boost struggling retail.
Not sure the one free hour couldn’t have been tickled to two. Same impact, less fuss? – Robbie Brechin
I find it regrettable that the Adelaide City Council ruled out reimbursing public transport users whereas patrons of U-Park would be reimbursed. What about cyclists who may park in U-Park facilities?
Admittedly the council owns U-Park, not Adelaide Metro, but this needs to be thought through. Is it a conflict of interest for the council to be reimbursing people who use their car park? Could an arrangement be made with the state government for such a reimbursement of public transport users?
But of course the state government is “saving money” by cutting bus services, recently cutting out the 11.36 pm 174 bus service just before the Festival of Arts. How’s that for encouraging culture?
If we’re serious about cutting greenhouse emissions, reducing traffic congestion and social justice, we should encourage people to travel by public transport, cycling or walking. No, I’m not suggesting a free pair of shoes for habitual walkers.
A city full of cars is not a pleasant city. Far better a good tram service and pedestrian streets. Maybe the buses could stop on the outskirts and a network of frequent trams or electric buses could take people around the city. – Margaret Dingle
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