Kitchingham and Gough welcomed commuters including staff from Metro Honda in Ringwood, as well as Julio Languiller from John Blair Honda, and a number of other scooter riders who came along to show their support.
There are currently 200 park and ride facilities on public transport routes around greater Melbourne, however only Doncaster caters for motorcycles and scooters.
According to Resident Representative on the Manningham Park and Ride Taskforce, Damien Codognotto, providing parking for two wheeled vehicles is part of the solution to pollution and
"Commuter scooter parking is very cost-effective. The way of the future is to use dead space and security rails as they do in
Melbourne's CBD, lockers for wet weather gear and helmets, and
solar charging like in London.
"Most park and rides are on rail routes and capacities range
from 50 to 1000 cars but they fill fast, mostly with cars carrying
just one person."
"At least six scooters will fit in a single car bay, and this could free up 20 car bays. Over the network, this could mean a significant reduction in exhaust emissions, traffic stress and pressure on residential streets."
The new bays at Doncaster are joint initiative from the City of
Manningham and the Ventura National Bus Company.
Doncaster Park and Ride is located on Doncaster Road by the Eastern Freeway at High Street.
Doncaster Park & Ride for scooters. September 2007
September 14, 2007 12:36 PM AWST
In response to the need to improve parking, promote public transport and encourage use of commuter scooters, the Doncaster, VIC 'Park and Ride' facility has expanded and now offers four new scooter bays.\nManningham Mayor Ron Kitchingham and Task Force Chairman Cr Geoff Gough officially launched the new spaces in May which offer parking for up to 24 more two-wheeled machines.