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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 12 February 2019) . . Page.. 1 ..

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Minister Fitzharris for this sitting week on account of illness.


The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Motorcycle parking in Forrest—petition 22-18

By Ms Cody, from 62 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

This petition requests more motorbike parking spaces near the offices between Canberra Avenue and Sydney Avenue in Forrest. There are a growing number of individuals who choose to ride their motorbike to work as an efficient and economical mode of transport as opposed to driving their car.

This area comprises of 3,592 staff, of this, at least 292 ride their motorbike to work (Based on 2011 ABS Data). There is very limited motorbike parking in this area. This disproportionate number of motorbike spaces has caused some riders to resort back to driving their cars.

ACT Roads were informed of the issue previously (2014), but has not resulted in any action. From 2012 to 2017, motorbikes have increased by 2,000 riders in the ACT. In response to this demand, the ACT has increased motorbike spaces across the ACT, however not in this area.

Motorbikes are an efficient means of transport in comparison to a car: they have lower emissions, occupy less physical parking space (4 motorbikes can park in a single car spot) and reduce car traffic on ACT roads. One person cars are choking ACT roads during peak times.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to designate additional motorcycle parking near the offices between Canberra Avenue and Sydney Avenue in Forrest.

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