“It’s good news that there will be no new bike footpath parking bans, but the amendments mean we have to keep an eye on council planning,” he says.
“It’s even better news that 20 on-street car bays will be converted to bike parking.
“The next thing the IRG is pushing for is more off-street secure motorcycle and scooter parking with lockers and similar facilities bicyclists get.
“Melbourne still leads the way when it comes to looking after motorbike & scooter riders.”
Meanwhile in Brisbane, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has introduced paid parking, but motorcycles are still allowed to park for free.
The new system uses cameras to take a photo of front number plates and uses this information to determine if you need to pay for parking as you leave – no tickets are issued when entering the carparks.
As motorcycle and scooters don’t have front number plates rider Brian Cusack asked centre management how motorcycles and scooters were affected by the parking changes. He says they told him motorcycles and scooters park free.
“Management has decided to offer all motorcycles and scooter drivers free parking for their vehicle,” centre management says.
“When you approach the boom gate if your vehicle doesn’t get recognised by the sensor if it is safe to do so, go around the boomgate, or push the phone button at the gate and someone will raise the boom gate.”