City of Melbourne will ban motorcyclists from parking on footpaths on a number of inner-city streets.

According to a statement, the decision to ban footpath parking in the city was to “create more space for people to walk on overcrowded footpaths near train stations and on narrow streets”.

The government says it will create 151 new on-street motorcycle parking spaces by converting 36 car spaces into free bike parking.

The changes will be complete by mid-June, 2020, with new parking signs and line markings to reflect the parking restructure.

Motorcycle parking will no longer be allowed in the following places:

  • William Street (between La Trobe and Bourke street)
  • Bourke Street (between William and Spencer street)
  • Collins Street (between King and Spencer street)
  • Little Bourke Street (between Swanston and Queen street)
  • Flinders Lane (between Elizabeth and Queen street)
  • Flinders Street (between Elizabeth and Queen street)
  • Elizabeth Street (between Collins and Flinders Street)

Meanwhile, new on-street motorcycle parking will be installed on William Street, Bourke Street, Collins Street, Little Bourke Street, Flinders Lane, Elizabeth Street and Queen Street.

“Melbourne’s population is growing and the way people move about the city is changing,” a City of Melbourne statement reads.

“More people now take public transport, cycle or walk and 89 per cent of trips in the central city are taken on foot.

“Installation of new motorcycle spaces will reduce congestion on footpaths and provide much needed additional motorcycle parking in the central city.”

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Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson
3 years ago

In Broken Hill many years ago, it was parallel parking in the main street but all motorcyclists parked backend to the kerb, about 3 or 4 bikes per bay.
One smartarse young whalloper from the Big Smoke decided he’d book them all, so for a few days after, they parallel parked their bikes one per space, about 50 bikes in a row.
Consequently the status quo resumed the following week.