Cycling in Sydney Australia
Do they say where their designated bicycle parking is?
Be interesting to get an opinion on impounding. That sounds dodgy.
Unless it is a wind-up, I'll suspect there's some officially qualified bozo at work.
Good if bike numbers are a problem for them tho, hey ho they might need to put in some secure parking for us...
The legal ability to control parking is specifically assigned in their legislation, as well as pretty much any power that would normally be vested in a council. They control all of pyrmont, and they control the rocks all the way back up to the sydney harbor bridge approach.
They have 1 rack I'm aware of in pyrmont. Its not badly placed for visiting one of the apartment blocks. I'm not aware of any racks in the rocks, I am however aware of a motor vehicle parking station.
I think if they are serious about attempting to implement such a policy, it should be seriously matched by signage on poles locating nearby cycle parking locations, and increase of cycle parking facilities. The ideal approach is to push the kerb out for 1 parking spot in the middle of main journey areas and place racking for at least 12 or so bikes in that position. That is then plainly visible to cyclists - not obscured by parked cars, and easily described on a sub sign on a pole to direct cyclists to the right spot, without having to add further signage for people that are actually currently moving.
A quick look at legislation, far from complete, gives me the idea that enforcement of parking controls regarding bicycles would be ultra vires.
The rules seem to be around motor vehicles, at least via a quicky looky.
Interestingly impounding could cause them to pay compensation, for loss of time.
They have a regulation enabling them to remove obstructions and encroachments on public space. its in the current regulations (as well as the repealed ones they used on the laminated card shown below).
a bicycle is a private object after all, and morally should be subject to some management about where the owner can leave them, at least in a place as busy as the rocks.
that would also be perfectly fine.
Okay, here's a photo.
This was directly outside the Museum of Contemporary Art on George Street. Bicycle is attached to a pole, probably a parking restriction sign (no parking, no standing, no stopping).
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind ..
...do this, don't do that, can't you read the siiiiiiiiiiiign!
A fellow Canuk I suspect?