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Should a congestion tax exempt motorcycles?

Melbourne hopes to join several other cities by introducing a congestion tax for its CBD to solve traffic problems, but it has made no mention of exempting motorcycles and scooters. The city’s Reducing Traffic for Better Streets paper suggests a road-user charge per kilometre to replace vehicle registration fees and/or fuel excise. As it is just a discussion …

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Melbourne's Elizabeth St motorcycle district discussion paper

Paper threatens Melbourne footpath parking

Melbourne has long been lauded for its motorcycle-friendly council and its free footpath parking for motorcycles, but that now seems to be under threat from a new motor vehicle discussion paper. Lord Mayor Sally Capp has released the paper which includes dot points about reducing the access of motor vehicles to the CBD for the …

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Noosa leads with motorbike parking

Noosa in Queensland is leading the way for two-wheeled transport with an equal number of motorbike parking spaces as car spaces in its main street and an official policy to encourage their use. This contrasts with Sydney which has recently reduced its CBD kerbside parking to accommodate bus, pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure as part of …

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Concern for motorcycles in car-free zones

A Victorian rider group has called for motorcycles and scooters to be included in proposed car-free zones in Melbourne. The City of Melbourne has just released two transport discussion papers which include suggestions for car-free zones or “superblocks”, less on-street parking and less footpath clutter. Concerned with a lack of rider consultation, the Independent Riders …

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Motorcycle and scooter riders urged to make a submission to the Brisbane City Council draft transport plan - parking BCC bicycles

Riders urged to help plan Brisbane transport

Motorcycle and scooter riders have been urged to make a submission to 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 …

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Free motorcycle tolls and parking petition rejected

An online petition to axe motorcycle tolls and allow unrestricted footpath parking has been rejected by the Queensland Government despite attracting more than 2200 signatures. Petition organiser David White says scrapping scooter and motorcycle tolls and freeing up footpath parking would have sent clear signals that the government is serious about easing traffic congestion. Motorcycle …

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Singapore bans new cars and motorbikes

Overcrowded Singapore has missed a golden opportunity to solve its traffic problems with its ban on new cars and motorcycles unless it is to replace an existing vehicle. The problem with Singapore’s crowded streets and lack of parking is not motorcycles, but cars. And many of them are massive luxury cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis …

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Bikes omitted from congestion study – again!

Motorcycles, scooters and lane filtering hardly rate a mention in the latest Austroads publication that investigates causes and remedies of traffic congestion. When will the authorities ever learn? Motorcycles and scooters are one of the solutions to traffic congestion and should be included in any study of causes and remedies. In the past two years, lane …

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Why we should lane filter more often

The more that riders lane filter, the more motorists will learn that it is legal, not an obstruction to traffic and helps relieve traffic congestion. More motorists might also come to see motorcycles as a valid and useful mode of transport. Just because we have lane-filtering laws in three states and the ACT (under trial …

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