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City bikies ask council to protect their rides

Mar 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

p10706841WELLINGTON’S motorcyclists have mobilised, urging the council to do more to protect their bikes.

Amisha Patel has organised an online petition in the hopes of the council erecting barriers around motorcycle parks.

She says it is the council’s responsibility to manage on-street parking in a smarter and more effective manner.

Councillor Andy Foster says it is an “interesting” idea and if it is something that is warranted by widespread support “It’s certainly something we’ll look into,” although he had “No idea what [the barriers] would look like.”

The details of the petition – which has over 130 signatures – states that: “Currently the designated zones with their road painted barriers don’t address the issue of drivers inadvertently backing into parked motorcycles and causing damage.”

However, the petition is not endorsed by all motorcyclists. Sam Brown of Brooklyn says he has never had a problem with city bike parks, and he believes the barriers would prove to be an annoyance more than anything.

“This will just mean we’ll have to negotiate around barriers when we’re already in a rush. I won’t be signing the petition.”

Any inconvenience caused to bikies is countered by Ms Patel’s worries about falling motorcycles’ potential to injure pedestrians.

The e-petition, which closes this week, is to be presented at the next council meeting on March 5.

On a quick walkabout of the central city to view motorcycle parks, NewsWire found several examples vulnerable bikes (view slideshow below).

The only motorcycle park with protective barriers was outside Wellington Police station.

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