Sunday, 7 October 2012


Have a look at the candidates in the City of Melbourne elections this month. Send them an email.

Click on "here" to get a list of candidtates. Send them an email on motorcycle & scooter
issues. I sent the email below with a more detailed submission.

Dear Candidate.

Motorcycle & scooter (PTW) riders who own city businesses and property
vote in the City of Melbourne elections.

Tens  of  thousands  of  people  commute  by  PTW to the CBD and inner
suburbs   each   working   day.  Many  more  visit  to  shop  and  for
entertainment.  This  number has doubled in a decade and will continue
to  grow as people seek to avoid the problems generated by Melbourne's
chronic traffic congestion.

If elected, will you:

1.   seek to establish & promote more centre-of-the-road PTW parking?

2.   seek to  establish  &  promote  more  off-street PTW parking with
     lockers for protective clothing as a road safety measure?

3.   lobby  park  &  ride  facility  operators  to provide secure, lit
     parking  for  PTWs as a link to public transport, particularly in
     outer suburbs? You can park 6 to 10 PTWs in a single car space.

4.   lobby  the  Ambulance  Service and MFB to use more PTWs to lower
     response  times,  reduce  traffic  disruption  and  cut  costs? A
     full-size  ambulance or fire truck responding to a false alarm or
     minor  incident  in  the  city  disrupts traffic. The majority of
     emergency calls in Melbourne are false alarms or minor incidents.

5.   lobby  for  more  and  continuing enforcement of in-car offences,
     particularly   mobile   phone   offences.   This   would  benefit
     pedestrians and bicyclists too.

6.   support and  promote the 110 anniversary celebration of the world
     famous  PTW  precinct  in  Elizabeth Street? The first motorcycle
     shop was opened near the GPO by the Milledge Brothers in 1903.

7.   support PTW safety promotion like a RIDE TO WORK DAY for PTWs?

8.   lobby  for  PTWs  to  be  permitted  to  use  bus  lanes as done
     interstate  and overseas? A trial in Hoddle Street was due to end
     in June 2012 but seems to have slipped into limbo.

9.   lobby  VicRoads to permit and encourage traffic filtering by PTWs
     as they do with bicyclists.

The  Independent Riders' Group would very much appreciate your answers
to  these  9  questions so we can inform riders who vote in the coming
CoM elections.

Attached is some background information.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group
Tel: 03 9846 8621

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