I wanted to pass on my appreciation and thanks to the kind & thoughtful person who placed this note on my motorbike, yesterday 20 January outside 11 Moore st.
“Hi Motorbike Owner There was a patrol officer putting fines on motorbikes this morning…I just thought to save you the fine 🙂 (signed) A Citizen.”
Having only recently graduated to my Ps and working in a new building I had the motorbike parked right up against the wall of the building on the (huge) footpath on Moore st having seen quite a few bikes parked around the buildings, bollards or bike racks nearby and across the city. I only ride the bike when I need to get somewhere at lunch and wasn’t really too sure where else to put it. After a few discussions with mates and motorcyclists I received mixed messages on what was “legal” motorbike parking versus “illegal”. So jumped on TaMS’ website to discover pretty much everywhere I’ve ever parked the bike has been illegal, albeit with a grey area around what is “obstructing” a path or not but never have I seen a bike with a ticket.
On a side note, interestingly also if a paying car park has motorcycle designated spots you don’t have to pay but if it doesn’t then supposedly you are meant to attach a ticket to your bike (how, without it disappearing, remains a mystery).
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Essentially I’m interested in hearing of others experience in parking bikes around the city, if you want to give away your favourite “secret spot” and if riders have ever received a ticket in the informal regular parking spots around the place and if other pedestrians, shop owners etc have issues with motorbikes being parked next to buildings, bollards, bike racks, trees etc… as you see all around the city. I learnt to ride in Thailand where everyone parks everywhere and noone worries or whinges or moans or makes some weird legislation about it, but that just wouldn’t be Canberra would it.
Plus to “A Citizen” a big thankyou, after running my errand during lunch I deposited the motorbike back at home and walked in. You’ve restored my faith in the kindness of strangers for this week. I’ll also try to scout out some parking nearby (smiley face).