Why do governments stick their heads in the sand over motorcycle issues, especially parking concessions which would actually help other motorists?
The Brisbane City Council has this week released a Brisbane Parking Taskforce report which has a range of “solutions” some of which include expensive electronic metering.
As for free motorcycle and scooter parking on footpaths, they fobbed it off because Brisbane’s footpaths are “too narrow”.
To be fair, they have a target of more than 1000 free motorcycle parking spaces in the CBD by 2016. But these are specific bays delineated by white lines which restrict the number of bikes that can squeeze in.
As it is, the available parking spaces are all gone by 7am each weekday.
If they deregulated and introduced guidelines like in Melbourne, a lot more bikes could park in the city, freeing up spaces for other motorists and reducing the number of cars going into the city. In fact, Melbourne is expanding on its motorcycle strategy.