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Is It Illegal To Park Your Bike On The Footpath?

5 Mar , 2013,
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“Can I park my motorbike on a pedestrian footpath? I see other bikes parked outside my street all the time,” enquires Lifehacker reader Anonibiker. The answer depends on a number of factors, including where you live, the diligence of parking inspectors in your area and whether you’re brave enough to take a gamble…

In most towns and cities, it is illegal to park your motorcycle on any footpath, nature strip or center strip. Parking rules are regulated and enforced by city councils through state legislation and local laws. You can also be issued a fine by the police for certain parking offenses. Fines can be in excess of $100 and may also result in license demerit points (for parking on a footpath within a school zone, for example).

One notable exception is the city of Melbourne, Victoria. Unless otherwise signed, you can legally park your motorcycle/scooter on the footpath anywhere in the CBD, as long as you do not obstruct pedestrians, doorways, delivery vehicles, public transport users or access to parked cars.

You must ensure your vehicle is at least one motorcycle length out from the building line and one wheel length out from the road, to allow free passage of pedestrians on either side. (This means you cannot park in places where the footpath is too narrow.) You must also avoid footpaths that are near disabled parking bays, post offices, rubbish bins and reserved areas, such as street cafes.

You can find out the rules in your particular suburb by contacting the local council (a quick Google search should bring up their email and/or inquiry line). However, in 90 per cent of cases outside Victoria, parking on the footpath will not be permitted.

That said, if you fancy yourself a bit of a bikie outlaw, you might be able to get away with it on a lazy suburban street — it largely depends on how isolated your street is and how active the council is in enforcing the rules.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that pedestrians have been known to take the law into their own hands. A friend of Gizmodo editor Luke Hopewell had his motorbike pushed over for partially blocking the footpath.

“If someone kicks your bike over, you’re looking at a bent or smashed wing mirror, scratches all over the farings, possibly an issue with the exhaust if it’s exposed and fell on it, the stand might be bent and your fuel overflow might be dumping petrol onto the footpath,” Luke explains. Maybe it’s better to stick to the gutters.

Have you ever been fined for parking your motorcycle on footpath, nature strip or center strip? Do you think it should be legal to do so? Please let the MRAQ know.

Motorbike road safety campaign axed.

Mar , 2013,
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AN award-winning road safety campaign backed by five-time world champion Mick Doohan has been axed by the Gold Coast City Council. The Safe Motorcycle Advanced Rider Training (SMART) courses were scrapped in budget cuts, with the council saying road safety was not part of its “core business”. The program has been a road safety success, cutting the region’s motorcycle rider death toll from 27 in 2007 to nine last year. The number of fatalities has spiked since the program ended, with eight motorcyclists killed since the final course in September last year. Gold Coast police traffic branch officer Sen-Sergeant Bradyn Murphy said no money had been allocated to the program this year.
“It’s been so successful over the years,” Sen-Sergeant Murphy said.

“If it’s a matter of money, I’m sure people wouldn’t mind paying at least $100, when you consider what other courses cost. What price do you put on your life?

“It’s like an insurance policy.”

SMART program ambassador Mick Doohan said the courses helped every rider be “the best they can be” and said rider education and continued training were the keys to avoiding crashes.

“SMART is a road safety initiative that offers professional instruction for licensed motorcycle riders to reduce their chances of crashing when faced with challenging road conditions.” he wrote on his website.

“The SMART initiative’s overall objective will be to reduce the incidence of motorcycle crashes in the city and to promote safe motorcycle travel by improving rider skills and knowledge of local and hinterland roads.”

The courses were half subsidised by the council and open to all riders, not just ratepayers and hundreds of people took part each month.

A council spokesman yesterday confirmed to the Bulletin that funding had been withdrawn for the SMART program.

“The funding was withdrawn as part of the $168 million worth of savings at the council’s last budget,” he said.

“The decision was made despite its merits, as the program is not core business for council.”

The spokesman suggested State Government road safety funding would be more appropriate.

In 2011, the council received the Australian Road Safety Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Local Government Award for its involvement in the program.

Rather than just teaching basic riding skills, the fortnightly SMART courses focused on road craft and taking the right mental approach to riding motorbikes.


Mar , 2013,
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