FOOTPATH PARKING BAN
FOR MOTORCYCLES & SCOOTERS IN ST KILDA!
PROTEST NEXT SUNDAY!
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Here's what the Independent Riders Group has managed to find out so far. None of this is in writing so there could be changes but here's what we think we know.
The signs banning bike footpath parking in the City of Port Phillip went up mid February. The signs cover the whole block around LUNA PARK in St Kilda bounded by Shakespeare Grove, Acland Street, Cavell Street and Jacka Boulevarde.
The signs were put up after a request from St Kilda Police to the CoPP. There was no problem with motorcycle & scooter footpath parking except for the forecourt in front of LUNA PARK and the corner near the Vineyard Restaurant which gets a bit untidy. There was no consultation with stakeholders in spite of requests for a CoPP/Police/stakeholders meeting on bike parking.
Local businesses, including LUNA PARK, were as surprised as the Independent Riders Group when the signs appeared.
First we were told the signs were only up for the St Kilda Festival. Not true.
Then we were told the signs were permanent. Not yet true.
Today (15/2/2016) we were told the signs were part of a trial asked for by St Kilda Police in response, they say, to bike parking problems in the area.
No car bays have been converted to free bike parking to replace the bike parking space lost by the ban around LUNA PARK.
If this trial ban of a whole block is deemed a success, the signs here will become permanent.
If the St Kilda area bike parking ban becomes permanent we can expect other councils in Victoria to introduce area bans with little or no consultation with stakeholders. This could spread like a bushfire.
Darren called for a protest rally in St Kilda this Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm. I'll be there. The corner of Acland Street and Shakespeare Grove. Even stopping by for 10 minutes will help. Please let us know if you can be there.