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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

MELBOURNE MEETING ON MCs ON FOOTPATHS

Given the RACV President's negative attitude to motorcycle & scooter parking on footpaths in Victoria in ROYALAUTO earlier this year and the surprise amendments to the otherwise very positive Melbourne Motorcycle Plan which we were not allowed to question or debate, it would be as well for the motorcycle community to keep its' guard up.

From memory, the amendments appeared on a screen at a Future Melbourne Committee meeting attended by all the city councilors and quite a few motorcycle & scooter riders. The long-standing rules of the meeting did not allow questions or debate. The Motorcycle Plan was voted in unanimously. More than a few riders were concerned that the amendment gave the CoM the power to ban motorcycle parking on narrower footpaths. The thin edge of the wedge???

The Independent Riders Group is happy to work with the CoM to solve a problem where there is a proven problem. BUT, will strongly oppose moves to ban footpath motorcycle parking where no problem is proven. The IRG supports more free on-street and off-street motorcycle & scooter parking and would like to see lockers introduced to encourage the use of protective clothing, especially for commuters.

The issue of motorcycle & scooter footpath parking is on the agenda for the Future Committee meeting next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. It's at the Melbourne Town Hall from 5.30 pm. There is a public gallery so riders should attend. I can't make it unfortunately.

A link to the agenda for the FMC meeting on 13 October is:

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Meetings/CouncilMeetingAttachments/1089/OCT15%20FMC2%20AGENDA.pdf

A link to the report on motorcycle parking is:

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Meetings/Lists/CouncilMeetingAgendaItems/Attachments/12761/OCT15%20FMC2%20AGENDA%20ITEM%206.3.pdf

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesman
Independent Riders Group
Melbourne

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