JDK and I went along to a meeting last night at the Town Hall where the Melbourne City Council released its draft CBD parking plan. We definitely got the impression that the council is very keen to encourage motorcycles as car replacements for travel to the CBD. All the powerpoint slides had motorcycles as a background In fact, the proposals are actually quite positive as far as we're concerned. Rather than banning footpath parking where it could be inconvenient to pedestrians, the plan is to increase significantly the number of on street parking places in those areas (probably at the expense of car parking) to provide an alternative for riders. The following are the motorcycle specific plans: C2.1 Provide more on-street motorcycle parking in areas with high pedestrian volumes 113. A clear advantage of motorcycles over cars for the user is the ability to park close to your actual destination. The next step to implement this initiative is to identify locations for dedicated motorcycle parking within the retail core. C2.2 Increase the planning scheme requirements for motorcycle parking. 114. The Melbourne Planning Scheme requires motorcycle parking to be provided in all car park developments at a rate of one space for every 100 car spaces. In the CBDt his provoides for a motorcycle mode share of 0.2% of all trips. Motorcycle mode share has doubled in the past two years to almost 2%. Therefore the Planning Scheme currently requires spaces for just 10% of the motorcycle parking demand. The City of Melbourne should amend the planning scheme to require motorcycle parking at a rate closer to the current mode share or provide motorcycle parking as a proportion of the overall development floor area. In other words - anyone putting in new car parks will be required to significantly increase the number of spaces that are allocated to motorcycles.