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PostSubject: Parking in Parramatta   Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:28 pm

A Media release from Motorcycle Network:

Motorcyclists in the Parramatta CBD no longer need to feed their meters when
parking in on-street car bays in a 3 month trial.

Parramatta Council is trialing the hugely successful motorcycle parking
policy that City of Sydney council implemented last year, under which bikes
can park for free in on-street bays as long as riders abide by time
restrictions.

Councils and transport experts now realise that motorcycles and scooters
present a solution to traffic congestion and are working to make things
easier for two-wheeled commuters.

Motorcyclists in the Parramatta local government area no longer need to
purchase or display a ticket in a metered bay as council recognizes that it
is virtually impossible for a motorcyclist to do so effectively.

Tickets left on bikes often get stolen by car drivers or simply blow away in
the wind.

The 3 month trial will be presented to council on 23rd of August and if
successfully ratified, will become permanent policy after that date.
Both City of Sydney and Parramatta Councils are investigating unused spaces
around the city; spots that are too small or too awkward for cars, and
turning them into motorcycle parking hubs.

Jacqui Kennedy, Director of the Motorcycle Network, has congratulated
Parramatta Council on its sensible approach and hopes that other councils
will soon follow suit.

The Motorcycle Network website www.mcnetwork.com.au has undertaken to map
all the motorcycle parking spaces in all major cities across Australia and
has also released the information as an iPhone App.

Riders can now find a parking spot quickly and easily using the iPhone app
and website and an army of two wheel volunteers are notifying the Network of
new spots as they are installed. Suggestions are flooding in to the website
about "dead" spaces which councils can convert to motorcycle parking.
Scooters are rapidly becoming the "green" solution for cities suffering from
traffic congestion and pollution. The use of sustainable modes of transport
bodes well for the future of councils such as Parramatta and City of Sydney.



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