Decision Maker Response

Clover Moore’s response

Sep 15, 2014 — To Whom It May Concern

I refer to the change.org petition you signed requesting that the City provide motorcycle and scooter parking in the city centre.

In the last four years, the City has more than trebled the number of dedicated free and untimed scooter and motorcycle parking spaces to more than 1,150. These spaces allow motorbike and scooter riders to park free of charge in kerbside pay parking areas as long as they comply with the time restrictions. This applies to all kerbside parking.

Motorbike parking is provided in many locations in and around the City. You can see these spaces on the map on the City’s website at bit.ly/1znV1L9. You might also consider parking in an off-street parking station – there’s a parking station guide on the same web page, including a guide to prices.

It can be a challenge, particularly in the CBD, to balance the requirements for No Stopping, bus, taxi, construction and loading zones with short and long stay parking needs of workers and visitors.

Due to all the competing demands for kerbside parking in the city centre, there are few opportunities for more dedicated motorcycle parking. However, City staff are always willing to investigate suggestions for motorbike parking in specific locations that don’t impact on businesses, residents, public transport and safety – for example, spaces where other vehicles don’t fit or next to driveways.

Across the city, demand for parking space far exceeds the available kerbside space. The City’s parking policies aim to balance the needs of residents, visitors and businesses while encouraging greater use of public transport, car share, bike-riding and walking. Our parking policies don’t support commuter parking in any form, including swapping one form of motorised transport for another, such as car to scooter. Instead the City supports the use of alternative, more sustainable transport including public transport, walking and cycling.

If you would like to speak with a Council officer about motorbike parking in the city or suggest a specific location for motorbike parking, you can contact the City on 9265 9333 or at council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Yours sincerely
Clover Moore
Lord Mayor of Sydney