There is a story by Dave Burgess in this morning’s Dom Post about a proposal for council to council look at alternatives to the free on street parking provided for motorcyclists (in exchange for this, bikers can’t park in metered or pay-and-display parks).
The council estimates about 1100 motorbikes come into the central city daily – a 178 per cent increase in the past decade. There is free parking for 500 on streets.
Unfortunately, it looks like the alternative the council is exploring is forcing bikers to pay a fee to park in parking buildings.
The council controls only 10 per cent of available parking space in the city. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the council was talking to the operators of privately owned parking buildings about offering more off-street parking for motorcyclists.
“They can park their motorcycles under cover, without them being backed into or blown over, for about $2 a day.”
One might have thought that Celia would be encouraging more environmentally friendly forms of transport, such as scooters and motorcycles. Apparently not.