While the provision of additional parking in the CBD can be understood to be encouraging cars into the central city, Timaru is the major centre in a large rural area, so provision needs to be made for those visiting town from the hinterland. However, the mindset of driving right to the door of each address/business visited needs to be discouraged.
- parking should be handy, but not too handy (e.g. Caroline Bay) with enhanced walking and cycling access to the CBD
- Provision of a small-scale, regular, (environmentally-friendly) shuttle service between parking facility and CBD
- Bicycle parking needs to be considered as an integral part of any CBD parking strategy: secure and convenient bicycle parking; encourage the use of bikes without them being a nuisance littering the pavement