VICTORIAN MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER RIDERS OPPOSE THE MELBOURNE ROAD SAFETY PLAN


MEDIA RELEASE 


VICTORIAN MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER RIDERS
OPPOSE THE MELBOURNE ROAD SAFETY PLAN
Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) rider advocacy groups including the Victorian Motorcycle Council (VMC), the Independent Riders Group (IRG) and the Victorian Scooter Riders Association (VSRA) have collectively called for postponement of the vote endorsing the Melbourne Road Safety Plan. Their concerns are the Plan fails to enhance the safety of PTW riders and fails to meet its goal to:

 “Create a safe, comfortable and richly engaging urban environment where pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are welcomed and supported through world leading road safety practices” and “to recognise the needs 

of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in street design

Stephen Bardsley, VSRA spokesperson said, “Despite raising concerns back in October 2012, the Plan fails to recognise the needs of PTW riders in any meaningful way. It’s a disgrace.”

Damien Codognotto from the IRG said, “Whereas it’s good PTW’s were mentioned in the Plan, that’s all we got and it simply doesn’t give riders a fair go.”

Peter Baulch from the VMC said, “The Plan proposes no initiatives that encourage the most efficient and fastest growing form of road transport to enter the city, it also fails to recognise their needs.”

The spokespersons for all three organisations are collectively disappointed that whereas local Governments all over the World are implementing policies to encourage Motorcycle and Scooter Riders into CBD’s, the City of Melbourne appears to have failed its obligations in this regard. This when:
? Evidence shows the answer to the World’s urban traffic congestion may be as simple as creating
     policies promoting the use of PTW’s, the fastest growing mode of transport in Melbourne.

? Research released in 2012 proved if just 10% of all private cars were to be replaced with
     PTW’s then traffic congestion would be reduced by up to 40%, to the benefit of all road users.
The VMC, IRG and VSRA are united in calling for the Melbourne City Council to postpone endorsing the plan and to initiate genuine stakeholder review.
End of Media Release
VMC
Spokesperson – Robert Salvatore
Telephone: 0409 416 230
email: Rob.Salvatore@qenos.com

IRG
Spokesperson – Damien Codognotto
Telephone: (03) 9846 8621
email: d.codognotto.oam@bigpond.com

VSRA
Spokesperson – Stephen Bardsley
Telephone: 0409 848 428
email: okeh1@bigpond.com

 

2 thoughts on “VICTORIAN MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER RIDERS OPPOSE THE MELBOURNE ROAD SAFETY PLAN

  1. To the Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Mr Robert Doyle and Melbourne City Councillors,

    On behalf of the Victorian Scooter Riders Association (VSRA), the Victorian Motorcycle Council (VMC) and the Independent Riders Group (IRG) who collectively represent in excess of over 10,000 Victorian Motorcycle and Scooter riders, I write to request the vote scheduled for the 16th April 2013 to endorse the Melbourne Road Safety Plan be deferred for one cycle.

    The request is made in accordance with the attached Media Release from the VMC, VSRA and IRG, as collectively all three organisations are concerned the Plan will not in its current format enhance the safety of PTW riders and does not meet the stated goal to:

    “Create a safe, comfortable and richly engaging urban environment where pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are welcomed and supported through world leading road safety practices” and “to “recognise the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in street design”

    We appreciate the work that has been put into the plan, but believe emphasis has been placed on pedestrians and cyclists at the expense of and without adequate consultation and consideration of the views of Victorian motorcycle and scooter riders. We therefore request a deferment so that a submission detailing our concerns may be presented for consideration by the MCC within the next cycle.

    Regards
    Stephen Bardsley
    Spokesperson – VSRA

  2. Melbourne City Council Committee Meeting Tuesday April 16, 5:30 PM

    Agenda Item 6.5 Road Safety Report

    Town Hall Administration Entrance (Opposite Flower Shop) Park your scooter or bike out front next to the flower shop

    LIVE TO RIDE – SHARE THE ROAD EQUALLY

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