Can trikes park in bike bays?

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Trikes, roadsters and different three-wheelers are categorized as bikes, however are they permitted to park in bike parking bays which can be typically smaller than the footprint of the three-wheeler?

The problem was raised by an Adelaide rider who took the above of a Can-Am Spyder taking over two bike bays.

And the problem goes to change into extra prevalent as Harley-Davidson has lastly been allowed to import its Tri Glide and Freerider trikes.

Harley-Davidson Freewheeler times parking bays
Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

Our Adelaide rider identified that the South Australian Native Authorities Parking Laws point out it might be unlawful and a fineable offence.

It clearly states automobile in a marked-out parking house “should be parked wholly inside a parking house in order that no a part of the automobile or something in, on or hooked up to the automobile protrudes outdoors the parking house”.

Related guidelines apply in different states.

We’re not conscious of anybody being fined for this, nevertheless it additionally raises the problem of etiquette of taking over two areas when CBD bike parking areas are so scarce.

Can-Am Homeowners Australia member and BRP ambassador Mike Hatton, of Brisbane, factors out Spyder is classed in most states as a bike.

Mike and Catrina Hatton with a 10th anniversary Spyder bays
Mike and Catrina Hatton

“Consequently, you possibly can be afforded all the identical entitlements that of our two-wheel counterparts inclusive of bike parking areas with out restriction so long as you aren’t inflicting an obstruction,” he says.

He says there no particular authorized restrictions on parking for Can-Am Spyder.

“Most state laws, together with that of studying and licensing has not stored tempo with the trendy three-wheel bike. It’s in want of evaluation,” he says.

Spyder recommendation

Nevertheless, his recommendation to Spyder riders is to train courtesy and commonsense.

“Personally, would I take two allotted two-wheel parking bays for my Spyder, no I wouldn’t,” he says.

“May you obtain a parking ticket, probably. One bike occupying two bays is most definitely an infringement. Very a lot open to interpretation.

“I counsel, don’t drive the problem, discover one other house. Simply since you are technically a bike by authorized definition, doesn’t imply you’re in actuality.

“I’m technically permitted to lane break up … would I do this … I’ll go away that one as much as you.

“Backside line; bike parking bays are designed for a slim two-wheel footprint. That was their intent earlier than the Can-Am Spyder got here alongside. Depart these areas for that function.”

Footpath parking

Footpath parking threat bays
Footpath parking in Melbourne

In Melbourne the place bikes are allowed to park on the footpath and there’s no white-line markings for a selected measurement, Spyders and trikes ought to be capable of park like a bike.

Nevertheless, they might have some problem adhering to a few of the necessities.

For instance, they need to dismount and stroll the automobile whereas on the footpath.

Additionally they have to make sure they don’t seem to be blocking pedestrian entry.

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