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Guidelines for

Motorbike Parking in Newcastle


September 2007









Production:

Guidelines for Motorbike Parking
In Newcastle was prepared by the
City Services, Transport and Traffic Team
of Newcastle City Council.



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Edition: Final September 2007


Cover photos:

Motorbike parking zones and scenes
in Newcastle CBD

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

Newcastle City Council is planning for
motorbike parking zones in Newcastle.
Motorbikes require much less space for
parking than cars, and can also occupy
spaces that are unsuitable for other vehicles.
If attractive designated spaces can be
provided for motorbikes then illegal parking
will be reduced and more efficient use can
be made of potential parking spaces in the
City. With the high demand for car parking
space in the Central Business District (CBD),
an apparent increase in use of motorbikes for
both commuting and weekend recreation,
dedicated motorbike parking could reduce
illegal parking and improve utilisation of
parking spaces especially marked meter
bays.

In 2006, there were about 3,210 registered
motorbikes in the Newcastle Local
Government Area (LGA) and 4,287 in Lake
Macquarie LGA. There is an increase of
registrations since 2000 of about 46% in
Newcastle and 43% in Lake Macquarie LGA.

This document provides guidelines for the
establishment of motorbike parking zones in
Newcastle.



2.0 PARKING AREAS

There are three areas where motorbike
parking could be considered:

On-street
Off-street
Footpaths









2.1 On Street Parking

Motorbikes can park on any road where
other registered vehicles can park. They
do not require dedicated zones, but such
zones can be signposted if appropriate.

On-street motorbike only parking areas
are designated by Motorbike Parking
signage and pavement markings (section
4.0)

Motorbike parking should be considered
where demand is evident and it will not
impact significantly on other parking

Motorbike parking should not interfere
with pedestrians or vehicle paths. It is
illegal for motorbikes to be ridden on
footways or other pedestrian areas

Other motorbike parking opportunities
include where parking is currently
banned (such as No Parking or No
Stopping zones) where motorbike parking
would fit without conflicting with safety or
traffic control requirements of the current
zone

Where No Stopping restrictions are
located, motorbike parking should
comply with Australian Road Rules and
be approved by the Newcastle City
Traffic Committee, taking into account
visibility and safety issues

Motorbike parking should not be
adjacent to taxi ranks and bus stops or on
steep downhill gradients





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Motorbike parking can be signposted as
unrestricted or with time restrictions (with
or without fees) depending on the
demand in the area.

Motorbike parking spaces should be
designed in accordance with section 4.4

When parking a motorbike on a parallel
parking zone, it should park at an angle
(not less than 60 degrees) so that other
motorbikes can park beside it, maximising
the space to a ratio of about 3 motorbike
parking spaces for each car space.



2.2 Off-street Parking

Off-street parking areas include public
and private car parks, both at grade and
multi-storey. A motorbike can park in any
legal space within these facilities and
can legally occupy the entire space

Off-street motorbike only parking spaces
should be considered to maximise the
use of spaces. Where a space is not
sufficient to fit a car, motorbike parking
should be considered

In difficult locations where signposting is
not feasible, pavement marking may be
used instead (see, section 4.2)

Motorbike parking should not interfere
with pedestrian or vehicular paths or
clear zones, nor can motorbikes be
ridden on footways or other pedestrian
areas













2.3 Footpath parking

Driving of motorbikes and other motor
vehicles on footpaths is prohibited in New
South Wales.

In some cases it may be possible to
convert a footpath area for motorbike
parking

Where conversion of a footpath for
motorbike parking is proposed it should
meet the following requirements:

Motorbike parking should not conflict
with pedestrians or other road users
and should be safe for motorcyclists
to use

There should be an identified need to
have additional motorbike parking in
the immediate area which cannot be
accommodated by on street parking

It does not obstruct pedestrian and
disabled access, infrastructure
services such as hydrants, manholes,
etc.

It should not impact on other uses
such as outdoor dining areas.

Adequate footpath widths free of
motorbike parking should be retained
to allow safe and convenient use by
pedestrians, including those entering/
leaving vehicles parked at the
kerbside. The footpath width is usually
at an average of about 3.5 metres.

Footpath areas designated for
motorbike parking should be clearly
defined, signposted and line marked
to define the parking spaces and
driving areas (see section 4.2).

A designated motorbike ramp or
existing driveway should be available
for motorbikes to safely access the
parking area to avoid conflict with
pedestrians and other road users

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Footpath areas for conversion to motorbike
parking should be approved by the
Newcastle City Traffic Committee (Australian
Road Rules ARR 202).


3.0 PARKING STRATEGY

Motorbike parking is a developing issue and
should be included in a revised Car Parking
Policy for Newcastle.




4.0 SIGNAGE AND PAVEMENT
MARKINGS


4.1 Motorbike Parking Signs

The sign R5-1-4 (RTA Regulatory Signs Manual)
should be used in defining motorbike parking
zones:












Add parking period and time(s) of
operations as appropriate.
Where appropriate, supplementary signs
Park in Marked Bays Only may be used.













4.2 Motorbike Pavement Markings

In areas where signposting is not
practical, e.g. off-street, odd corners
in buildings and similar areas,
pavement marking may be used.

Supplementary signs on the entrance
carpark will provide motorbike
parking information such as time
restrictions and applicable fees.


































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4.3 Parking signs and lines on footway
areas

On footpaths where the motorbike parking
area covers a bigger area than the ordinary
width of a motorbike, lines should be installed
enclosing the area to clearly define it. This
could include marking individual bays and
use of Park in Marked Bays signage.














4.4 Motorbike Parking Spaces

The following diagrams show the required
measurements for motorbike parking spaces.


















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5.0 DESIGN STANDARDS

When designing motorbike parking the
following should be considered:

A paved non slippery surface (either
concrete or pavers)
The road, footpath or pavement should
be flat (or near flat)
A ramp or driveway to access any raised
parking area
Good lighting
Secure anchor points for motorbikes
(similar to bike racks) if necessary
Bollards to prevent cars hitting
motorbikes (if necessary)
No conflict between pedestrians and
motorbikes or other vehicles.



6.0 APPROVAL GUIDELINES

Any motorbike parking proposals on-
road and/or footpath should be
referred to the Newcastle City Traffic
Committee for advice on legal
signposting and line marking as
required under Councils delegation
for traffic facilities.

The Facilities Management Unit is
responsible for public car park
facilities and the Parks and
Recreation Unit is responsible for
parks.
















7.0 REFERENCES

1
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA),
Regulatory Signs, Version Version 1.2,
September 2002.

2
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), A
guide to the delegation to Councils for the
regulation of traffic, Version 1.0, November
2006, Publication No. 06.358.

3
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA),
Motor Bike Parking, TDT 2004/02, March
2004, Publication No. 04.080.

4
Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council,
Guidelines for Parking Motorcycles on
Footpaths, June 2001, VicRoads Publication
No. 0741.


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