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SYDNEY Lord Mayor Clover Moore plans to introduce a scheme to encourage commuters to take scooters to the city.

Council traffic planners will examine ways to encourage greater use of motorcycles and scooters as an alternative to cars.

Planners are also looking at dedicating free footpath parking to scooters, News Limited reports.

Ms Moore, who was in New York for a mayoral climate summit last week, told delegates about Sydney's efforts to increase the volume of bicycle traffic.

“We're encouraging Sydneysiders to get out of their cars and start cycling,” Ms Moore said.

The latest City of Sydney proposal follows the release of a cycling strategy and preparations for a similar plan to promote walking.
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It was only a matter of time they'd allow scooters to park on footpaths. Melbourne have been doing it for a few years.

Surprised they haven't decided to do it earlier.
 

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Id ride a scooter to school, if I didnt have 2 bags and an instrument to carry lol. But its a great idea, as long as it doesn't get like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city (anyone who's been there will know what I mean) - parking on footpaths is OK, riding is not. Also, I think that scooters should be promoted over motorbikes as they are much quieter
 

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The last thing the CBD needs is more crap on footpaths. Maybe a better way to encourage people to use scooters rather than cars would be to replace some of the street car parking with street scooter/bike parking.
 

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NSW should also allow people with a full drivers licence to ride scooters. The requirment for a motorcycle licence is rubbish.
 

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^ agreed. i've been able to ride scooters in many other countries with my car licence, why not hear? they are simple, automatic and not that fast. if i have to go get a bike licence then i'll ride a full on motorbike!

in saying this, i'm not sure if loads of scooters are a good thing. all the scooter friendly cities i've been in (rome, athens, bangkok to name a few) are very polluted. scooters are noisy polluting things when there's loads of them. they aren't known for their extensive pollution control mechanisms.
 

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I'm not sure if Sydney is the right type of place for zippy scooters...

I've always imagined them in euro cities where they zip around dense urban city centres with small lanes and broad boulevards (maybe I'm romanticising a little...) and although Sydney does have lots of little back lanes... - the inner areas are not dense enough for this romantic image in my head and there is too much car traffic and no metro! It would be fascinating and add character though to see surf dudes or whatever they're called riding to Bondi on our narrow and windy and hilly roads with a "surfbabe" or whatever they're called and a surfboard over their back...

Scooters in the CBD wont work because there are no euro plazas spread throughout it where you can park you scooter - except Martin Place really - all other places are parks - except Chinatown - but there aren't many offices there...

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I'm not sure if Sydney is the right type of place for zippy scooters...

I've always imagined them in euro cities where they zip around dense urban city centres with small lanes and broad boulevards (maybe I'm romanticising a little...) and although Sydney does have lots of little back lanes... - the inner areas are not dense enough for this romantic image in my head and there is too much car traffic and no metro! It would be fascinating and add character though to see surf dudes or whatever they're called riding to Bondi on our narrow and windy and hilly roads with a "surfbabe" or whatever they're called and a surfboard over their back...

Scooters in the CBD wont work because there are no euro plazas spread throughout it where you can park you scooter - except Martin Place really - all other places are parks - except Chinatown - but there aren't many offices there...

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If I get stuck behind a scooter going up the freeway to the Falcon Street interchange I will ram it off the road.

Sydney is IMO too hilly for type of transport and all it will do is further complicate our already chocker-block innercity routes. I can't see them zipping down the narrow lanes because cars will most likely already be blocking their way.

IMO Mrs Moore continues to promote hairb-rained ideas with not enough forethought. In theory it is a good idea but our city needs larger more immediate metro rail than a few scooters.
 

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^^^^

You say Sydney's roads are too congested for them, well the whole point of these "hair-brained ideas" Clover Moore's coming up with is to make Sydney's roads less congested.

The more scooters, motorbikes and bicycles and less cars the less congested the roads will be.

I allready see heaps of scooters around the inner-west and inner-city, they seem to get around fine.

They're also usually in the slow lane, so instead of just ramming them off the road, you can simply overtake them. ;)
 

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I don't think it will make it any less congested. It will just encourage more traffic and additional people on the road that don't have cars.

If they need to use the mosman ramps they will be in the middle lanes. :)
 

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Good plan but this will probably go the way of the dodo.
While the purpose is to reduce cars on the road, until PT takes a huge chunk of them off the road, scooters might be considered dangerous due to the bloody cars.

Scooters sounds really woggy.
 

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I think there is a place for them. I just don't see the CBD as one of those places esp if they take space on the footpath.
Just complete the damn subway already and extend it into a metro!!
 

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What about mopeds? Mopeds are cool! Only you can drive over them without noticing.

In Melb I see alot of Scooters parked outside of cafes and such, but not too many actually on the road (maybe five or six a day). I think the owners are using them as a sort of chic European style advertisment for their business.
 
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