Monday, May 28, 2007

Motorcycle Culture

Motorcycle CultureWith the continuing increase in petrol prices, and the ongoing traffic congestion which occurs around Brisbane, one of the alternatives being sort by more and more city dwellers is use of motorcycles or scooters. Over the past five years there has been a definite upswing in the number of riders in and around the city. There are different makes and models being used, from the larger, faster, performance bikes, through to scooters and even old postal delivery bikes. Although we haven't quite matched the Asian countries on uptake, more people are making use of this form of travel.

Motorcycle CultureOne of the biggest growth areas has been in Scooters. Scooters are economical to buy and a whole lot cheaper to run around on than public transport! On top of that, in Queensland you can ride a scooter up to 50cc on a Car licence. Anything over 50cc will require you to have a Motorcycle licence. There are a number of places where you can buy scooters, including Scootopia and TeamMoto. There are less bike rental options in the city, although if you go North or South to the holiday spots, it is quite easy to pick up rentals, for example, Aussie Biker tours and rentals offer a range of bikes.

Motorcycle CultureAs you can see from these two shots, parking is also a little easier to get! This area on Turbot Street has seen a growing increase in bike patronage, and even thought the signs urge riders not to park beyond certain boundaries, these seem to be often ignored. Regardless, the city has a real need to cater for this upsurge, and catering for our bikers is an important aspect of the continuing growth of another form of cheap and alternative transport which reduces the number of cars on the roads.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

mollymcmo said...

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congrats! :)