“While a motorbike or scooter might not be in the way when it first pulls up early in the morning, a row of motorbikes parked throughout the day can create a real hazard during the commuter and lunch rush when people are often forced onto the road to get past. Overcrowding creates a real challenge for people with reduced mobility and those using wheelchairs.
“We’re creating more safe space for people and providing an alternative place for motorcycle riders to park. As a rider I understand the need for dedicated motorcycle parking and I look forward to using it.”
Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association spokesman Damien Codognotto says riders should be encouraged into the CBD, not discouraged.
He says council has removed off-street and on-street motorcycle parking in recent years with little on-street and no off-street replacement.
Damien also says council’s failure to educate new riders, couriers and fast food delivery companies about footpath rules “puts pressure on our footpaths”.
“This pressure is not the fault of riders who commute and/or visit the CBD; it is the fault of city planners,” he says.
“With the number of students, residents and visitors increasing and car parking space decreasing, Melbourne has failed its current rate payers.
“Failure to plan for population increase, which means many more motorcycles in and around Melbourne means major CBD problems for both riders and pedestrians in the city.”