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Motorcycle parking laws in Melbourne, Australia 2011-2012

Updated on November 29, 2011

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.

Not knowing the motorcycle parking laws can attract a fine and an angry ride back home
Not knowing the motorcycle parking laws can attract a fine and an angry ride back home | Source

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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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi phdast7

      These rules have been given by the City of Melbourne as guidelines. I'm sure they don't expect riders to measure the exact length of a motorbike from the end of a building or know the diameter of one motorcycle wheel. I believe it is more about raising awareness of some of the etiquettes riders must follow while parking their motorcycle in the city center.

      I'm glad you found this interesting. Thanks for stopping by!


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      Who said riding a motorcycle was limited to riding Harleys? And yes, Melbourne is a friendly place for bicyclists too.

      You're right. In this context, a footpath in Australia is a sidewalk in America!


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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wow! Who knew parking a Harley in Melbourne could be so much trouble. Interesting and informative.

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      I'm very unlikely to ever get to Melbourne. Regretably so. You make it sound so inviting and fun, princesswithapen. If I ever did find my way to such a distant destination, however, I most likely wouldn't be riding a motorized bike. Maybe a good old normal bike but not a Harley.

      Despite that, I still found your latest hub to be interesting and informative. I assume that the footpath is analogous to what us Americans call a sidewalk. Am I right?

      Enjoyed another hub of yours. Thanks for sharing.