Battle Over the Bike Lanes

Melbourne's booming, buzzing scooter population wants a greater run of the road, with a bid by the automotive lobby to allow scooters into bike lanes.

Published: 01-Oct-2008

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has asked Roads Minister Tim Pallas to consider allowing scooters to use bike lanes on key arterial roads, but Bicycle Victoria strongly opposes it.

VACC spokesman Tim O'Brien said as record numbers of scooters buzz along Melbourne roads, the motorised bikes weren't safe trying to keep pace with other road traffic.

"Lots of scooters are barely more than bikes," Mr O'Brien said.

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