Calls for motorcycle parking to be returned ASAP

A number of promised motorcycle parking bays have been delayed in the Brisbane CBD, overdue by more than a month.

The Brisbane Times reported Brisbane City Council had previously promised to deliver four priority sites, which would add 94 new spaces across the city, including 37 at North Quay, 10 at Albert Street, 24 at Kurilpa Park at South Brisbane and 23 at William Street, between Elizabeth Street and the Victoria Bridge.

The William Street site has already been delivered, but the other sites are well overdue, with hopes they will be completed by the month’s end.

The controversy comes after 98 spots were permanently lost as a result of Queen’s Wharf, with more to come as early as mid-2017.

Motorcycle Riders Association Queensland President Chris Mearns said Council indicated to them while some bays had been replaced, but it was not the same amount that was lost.

“It has an enormous impact, the amount of motorcycle parking bays that are available in and around the CBD basically get taken up by about 7am,” Mr Mearns said.

“Its been an ongoing issue for quite a long time that just gets worse because more people are buying, registering and using motorbikes… but then they are forced to try and find the appropriate parking.”

A further five sites including Gallipoli Place on Roma Street, Gardens Point Road, Alice Street and the Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus, have also been identified as future locations for more than 130 parking spots.