Motorcycle parking laws in Melbourne, Australia 2011-2012
Melbourne city loves its motorcycle riders and shows this by being the only major city in Australia where parking on the footpath is legal in the CBD. But there are still certain rules and guidelines that you need to follow while parking your motorcycle in Melbourne. Here is a snapshot of what you need to know, as per the latest motorcycle parking laws in 2011-12.
Where can you park your motorcycle in Melbourne CBD
- There are approximately more than 400 on-road parking spots dedicated to motorcycles. You can park your bike here if these spots are a convenient distance from where you want to go in the CBD.
- If you want to leave you motorcycle overnight in the CBD, you can opt to park it in the many paid parking lots strewn across the city center. However, this is paid parking. Although parking on the footpath is free, as a motorcycle rider you may be aware that leaving a motorcycle overnight outside is usually not a good idea.
- You can park your motorcycle on a footpath, subject to certain guidelines mentioned below.
Motorcycle parking laws – Footpaths, Melbourne CBD
You thought you can simply park your motorcycle and walk away? Not so easy. Keep these rules in mind to avoid that nasty ticket.
- Your motorcycle should be at least one motorcycle length from a building.
- Your motorcycle should also be at the distance equal to the diameter of one motorcycle tyre, from the footpath kerb.
- Your parked motorcycle on the footpath should not be blocking a pedestrian access or should not be causing a hindrance in pedestrian movement.
- There may be certain spots in the CBD where motorcycle parking is not allowed on the footpath. Look out for these signs.
- Your motorcycle should not be parked in front of open cafes in a way that hinder outside seating or other footpath activities.
- Do not park your motorcycle at tram or bus stops in the CBD.
- Do not park below or around a sign, or a parking bay reserved for the disabled. These spots are generally marked with a wheelchair sign.
- Do not park on a footpath if your motorcycle is hindering service access points, hydrants, bins, manholes or post office boxes.
No parking zones for motorcycles in Melbourne CBD
Melbourne CBD has certain no parking zones for motorcycles. Although there are signs which specifically denote these spots as no parking zones for motorcycles, it's always good to keep a mental note in case you miss a signboard.
- Flinders Lane – South side footpath between Port Phillip Arcade and Elizabeth Street
- Collins Street - South side footpath between Exhibition Street and George Parade
- Exhibition Street - West side footpath near Her Majesty’s Theatre
Tips for parking your motorcycle in the CBD
These tips are not rules or laws. Some are common sense and some are from personal experience. Feel free to take note and implement them in your parking ritual in the CBD.
- Don't park in quiet laneways or alleyways
- Park your motorcycle on footpaths near or around office buildings rather than shopping complexes or cafes
- Invest in a good motorcycle security system if you are going to park your motorcycle on an open footpath every day
- Every office building will have its share of riders who will park their motorcycles in a certain spot; look for this spot and park your motorcycle where the masses do
- Avoid parking near university buildings
- Avoid parking near entrances to railway stations
- Avoid parking near street corners and intersections
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