Motorcycles should be allowed to share bike lanes under certain conditions, according to national rider groups.
They are calling for the bike-lane plan to be included in the lane-filtering laws being introduced in Victoria from September 1.
VicRoads Director of Vehicle and Road Use Policy spokesman James Holgate has confirmed they are considering the proposal after it was recommended in a 2014 online cycling survey.
“VicRoads is considering the (lane-filtering) law in other states but also recognises that Victoria has some unique situations, eg trams, that will need to be accommodated,” says. “The pros and cons of filtering in bicycle lanes or other special purpose lanes has been raised by various stakeholders and are being considered. No decision has yet been made.”
Long-term motorcycle advocate Rodney Brown has made an application to State Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas for the use of bike lanes.
“This recommendation is not for motorcycles and scooters to travel in bicycle lanes for the whole of their journey, only for the short parts of the journey where traffic is congested and a bicycle lane is available,” his submission says.
“This would have a number of benefits, including easing of traffic congestion, improving rider safety through reduced motorcycle and scooter crashes, better use of road space and an environmental win as a result of reduced emissions.”
His proposal is backed several rider advocacy groups, including the Victorian Scooter Riders Association and the popular motorcycle riders’ rights group, Freedom Riders Australia, who would like the plan introduced nationwide.
(We’d also like to see specially built bike pathways used by motorcycles at low speeds during peak hours when these expensive taxpayer-funded paths are almost empty.)
Rodney also suggests riders share bus and emergency lanes, and bicycle boxes at intersections, and have access to early getaway traffic signals with buses, trams and bicycles at major intersections.
And, in a bid to make legal footpath parking even more attractive for motorcyclists, Rodney has asked the government to construct semi-mountable kerbing in motorcycle precincts to allow safe, easy mounting and reversing back on to the road.
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