Australian government praises bikers

Report states that motorcycles improve the city environment

AN OFFICIAL report from the Australian government has sung the praises of bikers for enriching and improving city living. 

The State of Australian Cities Report, which annually reviews the state of Australia's eighteen largest urban areas, concluded that the nations 700,000 motorcyclists and scooter riders produce lower emissions than car drivers, take up less space on congested roads and reduce pressure on city parking areas.

The report states: 'The major advantage of motorcycles and scooters in the urban transport system is that they are very space efficient at a time when congestion is now a critical problem in cities' and that 'depending on the attitude to filtering or lane splitting, they take up much less space than other vehicles in slow-moving or stationary traffic and up to five can park in a single car space.'

Speaking this morning to, Australian Motorcycle Council chairman Shaun Lennard said: 'This is a massive shift in approach. Just last year, the National Transport Commission released a report 'Smart Transport for a Growing Nation' which failed to mention the growing popularity of motorcycling. Actually, it failed to mention motorcyles altogether.'

Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, is a recent convert to the advantages of two-wheeled living. He said: 'As I can attest from my recent trip to Italy, many of the world’s cities are thronged with motorbikes and scooters as people take advantage of this low-cost, low-energy and space-efficient form of transport.

'However in the Australian policy context, they tend only to be mentioned in discussions about safety. 

'This can obscure the fact that they are an important and growing component of the urban transport mix at a time when congestion drags like an anchor on our time and productivity.'

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 511,966 motorcycles in Australia in 2007. This has grown by a staggering 38 percent to 709,288 in 2012, indicating that many Australians have drawn the same conclusion as the report... 

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