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Woohoo! Onya Clover Moore! free sydney parking for bikes!

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by dan_, Nov 4, 2008.

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    Check it!

    Motorcyclists and scooter riders can park in Sydney's CBD and inner-city suburbs for free from Tuesday, in a 12-month trial designed to encourage locals to leave their car at home.
    Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the trial, decided at a City of Sydney Council meeting on Monday night, exempts motorcycle and scooter riders from payment, but they must still park in designated areas and comply with existing time restrictions.
    "More and more motorists are feeling the pinch of rising petrol prices and are switching to motorbikes and scooters which can use far less fuel and reduce congestion by taking up less space on roads," Ms Moore said in a statement.
    "The Motorcycle and Scooter Strategy supports our commitment to sustainable transport options and the shift away from large, polluting vehicles to smaller vehicles to complement walking, cycling and public transport."
    During the trial, motorcyclists and scooter riders will no longer need to buy or display a ticket in parking meter zones within the City of Sydney local government area, which includes the CBD, Pyrmont, Redfern, Ultimo, Darlinghurst, Paddington and Kings Cross.
    They will also be able to park in the Goulburn Street parking station for only $6 a day, where rail and gear lockers will be introduced.
    The new parking arrangements complement the city's existing 600 free, untimed motorcycle parking spots.
    An additional 100 untimed parking spots for motorcyclists are currently being created in the north of the CBD.
    Guy Stanford, chairman of the NSW Motorcycle Council, described the trial as a "new win" for motorcyclists.
    "We congratulate the City of Sydney on their free city parking initiative, it's a huge win for motorcyclists and specifically addresses the issue of parking tickets not being adequately fastened to bikes or being removed," he said in a statement.
    "People are serious about using scooters and motorcycles as their preferred choice of transport.
    "In NSW alone, the fleet has grown by one-third in the past five years - driven by congestion, fuel prices and lack of public transport in outer areas," he added.
    Mr Stanford said if governments were serious about reducing greenhouse emissions, they should also lower road tolls for motorcyclists and scooter riders.
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