Motorcycle and scooter riders have been urged to make a submissionto the Brisbane City Council draft transport plan before the deadline this Friday (March 30, 2018).
In fact, infrastructure chair Cr Amanda Cooper says even late submissions will be considered.
Motorcycles are not mentioned once in the 128-page Brisbane City Council draft transport plan, yet bicycles are mentioned 25 times.
Cr Cooper says that is because motorcycles and scooters are grouped with all motorised vehicles and bicycles are not motorised.
However, she acknowledges that powered two-wheelers have quite different needs and can make a significant contribution to solving traffic congestion and emissions issues in Brisbane.
The Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland submission to the draft plan also expresses concern that the plan “fails to consider or even mention a transport type that has the potential to offer assistance on the issue”.
In the submission, MRAQ president Chris Mearns says two-wheeled transport has a lot to offer.
“For every car replaced with a motorcycle a four fold reduction in the total vehicle mass is achieved plus a considerable reduction in the pollution produced is realised and a reduction in infrastructure damage is achieved hence for these reasons alone consideration of ways to facilitate the greater use of motorcycles should be include in the current plan,” he says in the RAQ submission.
“The MRAQ has been previously and is currently engaged with the Brisbane City Council on the issue of increasing motorcycle parking but is continually finding that instead of adequately engaging in the process in a manner that considers all options and attempts to move them forward an attitude of maintaining the status quo is returned,” the submission says.
“The MRAQ urges the Brisbane City Council to include ways to increase motorcycles as an alternative personal transport means into the Transport Plan and in doing so to better consider ways of enhancing motorcycle parking in an around the Brisbane CBD.”
Meanwhile, bicycles are being heavily promoted on advertising signs and being given substantial CBD footpath parking areas.
That is on top of the footpath space devoted to their ill-conceived and little-patronised CityCycle bike hire scheme.