Gold Coast City has rejected footpath parking for motorcycles and scooters after a trial that started late last year, while Adelaide is expanding its trial.
A Gold Coast report on the trial says it is not needed yet, but they have left the door open if motorcycle use grows.
This is despite Gold Coast motorcycle licenses rising since 2007 from 51,000 to 72,000 and registrations up from 13,700 to 22,800 and a Gold Coast Bulletin poll which found 76% in favour of footpath parking.
The practice has been legal in Victoria for some years and has been introduced in more recent years in parts of Sydney and Brisbane, although with varying restrictions, and Adelaide is expanding its CBD footpath parking trial.
Footpath parking is also common in many European, American, Asian and New Zealand cities where it is seen as a progressive move to encourage more two-wheeled transport to free up traffic congestion and parking spaces in big cities.
Gold Coast councillors obviously don’t think the city is choked enough with traffic already and doesn’t need the traffic- and parking-busting benefits of motorcycles and scooters.
It’s a backward step for such a rapidly growing city that grinds to a halt most working days, especially during holiday periods.
It’s also a city with a high number of tourists riding 50cc scooters on car licences who could be using the wide footpaths instead of taking up car-parking spaces.
However, Infrastructure Committee chair Dawn Crichlow says a council report has convinced her there is no demand for parking on the footpath.
“There have been just five complaints in the last two and a half years,” told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“If we do need more, one car park can be made into four spaces,” she said.
In February 2016, the trial started with two locations in Light Square and Victoria Square, three more three sites began operating in June 2016 and more locations may be considered if support is gained for the existing locations.
Adelaide City Council says thatif there is a “high level of support” for motorcycle and scooter parking on footpaths at these locations, they will be retained permanently.