There are moves to regulate the granting of Motorcycle Friendly Town status with a long list of essential and desired requirements for councils, pubs, cafes, restaurants, accommodation and service stations.
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This is in response to several towns, shires and even one whole region in Western Australia declaring themselves Motorcycle Friendly over the past few years.
Unlike RV Friendly status, there is no official sanctioning body to determine a town, shire or region is Motorcycle Friendly.
However, there are now plans to regulate the process.
We understand there may be a national approach, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile, the June meeting of the Motorcycle Council of NSW decided to set up a committee to “create a set of criteria for judging the motorcyclist friendly status of establishments, accommodation, towns and regions”.
The committee is chaired by Colin Whelan who has long been judging various establishments on their motorcycle friendly status and awarding a ratings system of one to five “helmets”.
Concern has been expressed to us by those wanting to become motorcycle friendly that criteria could be too demanding and dissuade towns from seeking formal status.
There may also be the problem of what happens to current self-declared Motorcycle Friendly towns, shires and regions if status becomes regulated. Will they lose their status?
Colin has also told us that any Queensland town that did not oppose the VLAD laws should not be granted motorcycle friendly status.
Since no council commented on the state issue as far as we can find, that may mean no Queensland town can become motorcycle friendly.
However, the towns of Texas and Crows Nest and the shire of South Burnett have already declared themselves motorcycle friendly. Would they lose their status?
Some readers have told us they don’t want any regulation and are simply glad to see a “Motorcyclists Welcome” sign in a cafe window.
They say motorcyclist are not so precious or demanding as to require special treatment.
Other says it is about time we were rewarded for our tourist dollar and it is only right that those who take our money provide specialised service to riders.
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Essential Motorcycle Friendly status criteria
The MCCNSW committee chairman’s proposed essential criteria includes: