I noticed the other day that Newcastle Council has marked 4 "Motorcycle Only" parking bays in Hunter St nr the corner of Bolton St and opposite the old Post Office. They are marked at a 45 degree angle to the kerb and were wide enough for my saddle bag equipped Vulcan to fit comfortably between a BMW F650GS and an R6. From memory, I don't believe they had a time limit on them and you didn't need to pay anything. I got talking with the bloke who runs the newsagent just up the road (who rides a SV650) and he told me the council have put them in on a trial basis and are monitoring them for usage. Depending on how often they are used, the council may consider installing more in other areas. I know it's not much, but it's a start, and I'm calling on all Newy riders to try and patronise these spots whenever you're in town.