The Road Ahead : August September 2008
Free motorbike parking MOTORCYCLISTS need to be more aware of where they park after a blitz on footpath parking in the Brisbane CBD. However, there are still a limited number of free ‘on-road’ motorcycle parks in the CBD, if you know where to look. A Brisbane City Council spokesperson said these were located on Charlotte Street, between George and Albert streets, and on Margaret Street, between Edward and Felix streets. In addition, there are fi ve metered motorcycle parks: Turbot Street, between Edward and Wharf streets; Boundary Street, West End; and Elizabeth Street, between Edward and Creek streets. Motorcyclists are also able to park freely on any street in the central traffi c area for two hours, where there is no signposting stating otherwise. On your bike IT WILL will be ‘pedal to the metal’ when cyclists roll out through Brisbane on the annual Ride to Work Day on October 15. Riders can tuck into a fun-fi lled breakfast in the Brisbane CBD and several regional centres. Bike commuting has grown by 23 percent across the country in the last fi ve years. Ride to Work Day has also grown signifi cantly. Last year 30,000 people across Australia registered for the event. Proponents say that while exercise remains the key motivation for riding to work, people are also increasingly looking at ways of escaping traffi c queues, avoiding hefty petrol bills and doing their bit towards reducing global warming. For more details, or to register for the event, go to www.ride2work.com.au. What a dump CARAVANNERS won’t have to travel as far to safely dispose of their waste water, with Main Roads injecting $100,000 into providing new environmentally safe dump points over the next two years. Under the scheme, the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia provides local councils with specially designed polyethylene dump units that are connected to town sewerage systems. These are placed in easy-to-access locations, including parks, rest areas and camping areas. For a list of current sites throughout Queensland, visit www.mainroads.qld.gov.au and click through to ‘Caravan Information’ under ‘Maps and publications’ in the ‘Plan your trip’ section. 6 PACK: MOTORING UNDER-ACHIEVERS 1. Ford Edsel Launched in 1957, the over-hyped Edsel endures as America’s biggest motoring fl op and as a synonym for lemon in the Webster Dictionary. 2. Leyland P76 Arguably Australia’s answer to the Edsel, the gigantic P76 was fraught with faults, sold poorly and was swiftly taken from the production line 15 months after its launch. 3. Lightburn Zeta Heralded as a family sedan, a station wagon and a delivery van in one, the 1963 Zeta turned out to be none of these things. With no rear door and a motor that had to be turned off to engage reverse, only 343 Zetas rolled off the production line. 4. De Lorean DMC-12 Although the DMC-12 was made famous by the movie Back to the Future, it was more a case of back to the factory for this car from the 1980s. People were asking for their money back due to the standard of build quality. 5. Honda S600 Honda’s fi rst foray into the Australian car market, this miniature car had a chain drive, was loud and was prone to early engine failure, prompting Japanese engineers to be sent here to replace the engines in all 200 of the S600s in the country. 6. Triumph TR7 This ‘sports’ car had build and reliability problems, was loud and underperforming, and its large bumpers, heavy tail and tartan upholstery combined to keep buyers away in droves. Source: Lemon! 60 Heroic Failures of Motoring by Tony Davis. AUG/SEP 08 5 ride2work.com.au Tourism Qld Guy Bowden/National Motor Museum Photo by Elena Eleeseeva, Shutterstock.com.
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