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Five motorcycles to squeeze into a car park

Riders will be expected to squeeze five bikes into one on-street car parking bay under a plan to free up Melbourne’s congested footpaths.

A meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee agreed unanimously agreed this week to ban free motorcycle parking on some footpaths (see list below).

They claim the loss of parking will be offset by turning 36 on-street car parking bays into free motorcycle parking for 170 to 190 bikes.

Squeeze ratio

Parking squeezeFour bikes in one car bay

The original estimate was 151 which is just over four bikes to a car parking bay which seems reasonable as above.

However, they have now revised their estimate up to 190 which means 5.3 motorcycles and/or scooters.

If it was just scooters, that might be possible, but it hardly seems probable and could lead to bikes being scratched and damaged.

The Victorian Motorcycle Council says that’s a “tall order” and made no reference to any expert advice.

Banned footpaths

Changes to CBD parking are now expected to happen soon with “no parking” signs appearing on the footpaths affected:

  • Bourke Street between Spencer and William streets;
  • William Street between Bourke and La Trobe streets;
  • Flinders Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets;
  • Elizabeth Street between Collins and Flinders streets;
  • Collins Street between Spencer and King streets;
  • Flinders Lane between Elizabeth and Swanston streets;
  • Lt Bourke Street between Queen and Swanston streets;
  • Lt Collins Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets.Parking squeeze

Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor and motorcyclist Nicolas Frances-Gilley told the meeting that the plan would be reviewed and if not sufficient, more car parking spaces would be provided.

This map shows the car parking bays that will be turned over to motorcycles with original estimates of the number of motorcycle bays it would provide.

Parking squeezeParking assurances

He also assured the meeting that they were not “anti bike” pointing out that he rides as does the committee chair, Lord Mayor Sally Capp and her husband, Andrew Sutherland.

Melbourne Council draft transport motorcycle parking conspiracy theory transport spokesman Cr Frances GilleyCr Frances Gilley and his Trans Alp

The Councillor also assured there was no intention to ban free footpath parking throughout the city, but would protect the rights of the growing number of pedestrians to footpath access.

He said they may look at converting or moving bicycle hoops and other street furniture to make way for pedestrians and perhaps motorcycle parking.

Emeritus Professor of Transport Marcus Wigan told the meeting that rogue commercial scooter delivery services were parking illegally and causing congestion.

He suggested they be registered and educated about correct parking.

The Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association says the move set a “very very bad precedent” for other Victorian councils to follow suit.

“This ban is based on prejudice not fact,” says spokesman Damien Codognotto.

He says the on-street motorbike spaces “do not begin to cover the on-street and off-street motorbike parking losses while Melbourne’s 5 million population will grow to 8 million in 25 years or so”.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Footpath parking fate heard tonight

The fate of footpath parking in some areas of Melbourne’s CBD will be considered tonight (18 February 2020) at a meeting where council will also be asked to regulate rogue delivery scooter parking.

Riders have been encourage to attend the Future Melbourne Committee meeting at 5.30pm on the Council Meeting Room, Level 2, Town Hall Administration Building, to hear council’s plan to remove footpath parking from some areas and add 151 free on-street parking bays, replacing 36 car bays. It is also being live streamed here. Click here to make a submission by 10am today.

Click here to read more about the plan to free up more footpath space for pedestrians and the expansion of cafes.

Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor Nicolas Frances-Gilley said Victoria is the only state in Australia that allows motorcycles to park on footpaths under the road rules.

Melbourne Council draft transport motorcycle parking conspiracy theory transport spokesman Cr Frances GilleyCr Frances Gilley and his Trans Alp

Currently around 1200 motorcycles park on footpaths in the central city per day and there are 245 existing motorcycle parking spaces.

Fate rejected

The move was initially supported by the Victorian Motorcycle Council which has now withdrawn that support and issued this statement:

Whilst we support the intent of managing footpath congestion in the face of increasing pedestrian numbers, the proposal has several critical flaws and significant concerns in its current form. It is also significantly different to the proposal that was reviewed and endorsed at the November 2019 Motorcycles in the City of Melbourne Committee meeting which in essence was a 1:1 displaced bike to on-road parking proposal. The committee was not informed of the changes and had no opportunity to review them. In engineering circles, this is called an ‘uncontrolled change’.

Our deliberations with CoM identified that critical changes were introduced following a stakeholder group’s instigated footpath walking inspection with CoM engineers. From this meeting, CoM were under the impression that more bikes on average would be able to be parked in a standard car space if those car spaces were not marked and painted with Australian Standard angled motorcycle parking bays. The assumption saw CoM factor in on-street parking for 151 bikes across 36 car spaces, whereas approximately 126 (a ratio of 3.5 bikes per car space as originally proposed) was more likely. This dropped the nearly 1:1 replacement ratio to 1 : 0.72 and exacerbated the misalignment between the location of proposed restrictions and the potential location of the 36 car spaces.

At an average of 3.5 bikes per car spaces, CoM needs to review the impact of the additional car spaces that would be needed to meet the originally endorsed proposal. And also factor in the impact of future bike use growth.

It has also been rejected by the Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association who believe it could be the first step toward a total ban on footpath parking.

Click here to read more on their views.

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Emeritus professor of transport Marcus Wigan says he will make a formal submission tonight to ban commercial motorcycles and scooters from footpath parking, leaving space for legitimate commuter parking.

He says the rapid growth of commercial food delivery scooters and some small motorcycles has not been addressed in the council’s paper.

“These take up a great deal of space in the areas that they congregate, and are in general less likely to respect the other users of the footpath due to inexperience and commercial time pressures,” his submission says.

“It is also likely that they are unaware of the footpath parking guidelines that have been so successful over the years.”

Prof Wigan suggests that commercial use of the footpath be regulated, including the parking of commercial vehicles such as delivery scooters.

He says this would not only regulate parking, but also improve the “briefing and management of the riders”.

“Road space, kerb space and footpath space are all under pressure, and space allocation and usage are all increasingly important,” says Prof Wigan who is selling his 2017 Indian Scout for a Yamaha MT-01. (Click here if you would like more info on his Scout!)

Prof Marcus Wigan parking Indian ScoutProf Marcus Wigan and his Indian Scout

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com