In February 2018, I successfully moved a motion resolving that Council request the Chief Executive Officer to initiate an audit of all City of Sydney parking signage with the aim of identifying signage clutter and complexity and to as soon as is practically possible, remove all unnecessary signage and take steps to simplify all remaining signage, in line with current Australian Standard signage and line-marking arrangements.
Since 2004, the City has actively pursued the following initiatives to rationalise signage and reduce unnecessary clutter on the City’s street:
- Using yellow line-marking instead of signage to delineate “No Stopping”;
- Limiting the signposting of “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions across driveways;
- Using existing infrastructure such as light poles, traffic signal posts and smart poles instead of dedicated parking stems to affix parking signage;
- Placing repeat parking signs at a wider spacing to reduce the volume of stems;
- Introducing Smartpoles across the local government area to combine multiple functions such as lighting, signage, traffic signals and CCTV onto a single pole;
- Using the City’s Rangers and Asset Inspectors to actively identify redundant parking signage and clutter on the City’s streets and subsequently have it removed; and
- Adopting the Sydney Streets Code to promote the reduction of visual clutter and guide the design, palette and layout of the City’s streets.
In 2017, the Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee endorsed the installation of approximately 4.6 kilometres of yellow line-marking to delineate “No Stopping” on the City’s streets. Since February 2018, 179 reports of redundant signs and poles have been recorded by staff and the signs removed. Staff are developing mobile device software that will allow Asset Inspectors, City Rangers, Infrastructure Maintenance, Parking Services and Traffic Operation teams access on their phone to routinely record redundant signs and poles across the City.
Additionally, City staff have met with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to discuss a collaborative approach to simplify on-street parking signage and a joint trial by both organisations of innovative parking signage options. Following the meeting, it was agreed the City and RMS would together investigate the development of electronic parking signage. This would ideally help reduce the number of parking signs required to be installed especially in the CBD where the kerb space can have a number of different restrictions throughout the day such as Bus Zone, Loading Zone, No Parking and short term ticket parking. The City and RMS continue to work together to develop the electronic parking signage to ensure it can be installed on the public road, it complies with the Australian Standards and RMS guidelines, and can be legally enforced