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MEEGAN Fitzharris has announced a plan to increase the amount of motorcycle parking throughout the city, which will be trialled for 12 months from 1 July 2016.

“The plan will allow up to three motorcycles to park in one car parking space, offering motorcyclists more options as the popularity of motorbikes grows,” Meegan said.

“Motorcyclists are currently restricted to parking in specially designated motorcycle parks or single car parking bays,” Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris said.

“The change to the parking legislation means that now three motorbikes will be permitted to park in each car parking space, a move that in a single stroke triples the number of spaces for motorbikes throughout the city and frees up car spaces for car drivers.

“As always, riders are asked to be considerate of others when parking. Under the legislation it is a requirement that motorcycle riders park in a way that allows other motorcycles that are already parked to freely exit the same parking bay. Each motorcycle rider will need to pay the applicable fee to park their motorcycle.

“Motorcycles and scooters are an increasingly popular form of transport around Canberra. By increasing the amount of available parking we are also making motorcycle use more convenient and easy.

“The ACT Government is continually looking for opportunities to better utilise existing resources and this initiative demonstrates our commitment to better utilising existing car spaces.

Further information about the 12 month trial is available at www.act.gov.au/accessCBR.

Avid motorcyclist and Member for Ginninderra Jayson Hinder MLA said the trial made sense and would be welcomed by fellow ACT riders.

“This is a common-sense reform and a definite step in the right direction. I have been advocating for further reform in this area and have met with council officials in Brisbane and Melbourne to discuss their schedule for sidewalk parking to see how we could implement that scheme here in Canberra,” Jayson said.

“Motorcycles are a crucial part of our integrated transport plan together with walking and cycling. We need to get people out of cars and commuting on scooters and motorbikes. These initiatives will reduce congestion in the city dramatically.”

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