CARRSQ Narelle Haworth and Ross Blackman motorcycles parking

Motorcycles could save cities on parking

If more was done to encourage motorcycles and scooters, cities across the world would save billions of dollars on providing valuable parking space. A study of five American cities has found that the costs of providing huge chunks of land for car-parking spaces are in the billions and, in per-household terms, up to $200,000 (all …

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Should riders be exempt from red lights

Should riders be exempt from red lights?

Motorcycles in many countries are allowed to ride through red lights after they have come to a stop because of heat and the fact that many lights do not trigger for motorcycles. Most of these countries only allow riders to turn left or right (depending on whether they drive on the left or right) at …

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Sydney motorcycle parking petition Emma MacIver

Sydney reduces CBD motorcycle parking

Sydney has reduced CBD kerbside parking to accommodate bus, pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, prompting a petition for more motorcycle parking space. Petition organiser and commuter rider Emma MacIver (pictured above) says the city is lagging behind Melbourne and the rest of the world and Motorcycle Council of NSW parking subcommittee delegate Warren Cartledge says council’s …

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Sydney traffic congestion motorcycles lane filtering planning

Motorcycles ignored in traffic planning

A Sydney traffic expert has slammed the NSD=W Government for not updating its infrastructure planning since the 1950s, yet he says motorcycles and scooters are not worth considering. This is despite the fact that motorcycles and scooters have been allowed to lane filter over the past few years, easing some congestion. However, Dr Michiel Bliemer, …

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Melbourne zones

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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How to ride safely in heavy traffic lane filtering happiest commuters commuting plan

100 best and worst cities for commuting

Commuting is easier and safer in Perth than any other Australian city, while Sydney is the worst, according to a German traffic study. While lane filtering now allows riders to dodge the worst of the daily commute, riders still face commuting costs of fuel and parking, traffic crashes and road rage. German automotive website, Kfzteile24, …

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road safety commuter - austroads

Open letter to car drivers from riders

To all car drivers, Lane filtering is legal almost right across Australia, allowing riders to slip through stationary and slow-moving traffic. But don’t hate motorcycle riders or be jealous of us. Be thankful that we are there as we are making the roads better for you! Jealousy Some of you drivers seem to have some animosity toward riders, …

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Look for bikes signs - Oxley Highway may set safety standard turnouts

Motorcycle road signs we’d like to see

“Signs, signs, everywhere are signs, blocking up the scenery, breaking my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs,” sang Five Man Electric Band in 1971. More than 45 years later, there are still signs blocking the scenery and breaking our minds. Let’s just hope they don’t break our bikes, too! I went for …

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Bike lanes lane filtering ride to work tax congestion

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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