TRAFFIC congestion in Launceston is a problem. Few suggest motorcycles and scooters are part of the solution to traffic flow problems, but they are.
A significant part of the traffic problem is too many single-occupant cars on unnecessary trips. It's a problem for all Australian cities.
Another part of the problem is not enough public transport and virtually no park and ride facilities for cars, motorcycles, scooters and bicycles along public transport routes.
A European study indicates that a 10 per cent increase in motorcycle use in a city results in up to 40 per cent reduction in congestion.
Launceston needs more public transport with incentives for drivers to leave cars at free park and ride facilities and travel to town on public transport.
Launceston also needs to cater for the forgotten two-wheelers providing secure parking with lockers for protective clothing.
Melbourne is trialling motorcycle stop lines at suitable intersections to compliment traffic filtering laws.
It is also planning to improve its 200 park and ride facilities with motorbikes in mind.
Footpath bike parking rules, introduced in the 1980s, have worked well across Victoria for decades.
Given the benefits from both local riders commuting and mainlanders visiting and contributing tourist dollars, Tasmania should adopt Victoria’s bike parking rules.
Population growth will put more motorbikes on Tasmanian roads. Powered two-wheelers will become even more popular as electric bike motors take over from petrol engines. A lot of single occupant car drivers will choose to save time and money on a two-wheeler.
Damien Codognotto, member, The Motorcycle Riders Association, Melbourne.
PART of Centrelink is trying to provide jobs for the unemployed, correct?
If they are so short staffed and it is such a burden to provide assistance to people in need why can they not hire job seekers qualified for the role?
I'm sure anyone in need of the work would appreciate the opportunity.
Adam Plancke, Trevallyn.
I REFER to the excellent article (The Examiner, July 11) by Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts who predicts the world will have 20 billion human inhabitants by 2100.
This, he predicts, will bring obvious threats to the world ecosystem.
Why then is our current state Liberal government spruiking an immediate population increase to 650,000.
Continual growth is not the long term answer to sustainability
Moira Wellman, Legana.
MORALITY and ethics were both very important topics in this, our contemporary world.
So why do we allow our children to engage in such activities as devil-worshipping, which I see these days all too often in Launceston City Park?
These children are clearly participating in Satanic rituals, swearing, drinking boxed wine, and tickling (wherever their minds may take them, if you know what I mean).
Where will the madness end?
Daniel Harris, Youngtown.
Call to action
PLEASE tell us what the community can do to save the RSPCA in Launceston. The past few months, I have been waiting in vain to hear a “call to action”.
If the shelter is running at a loss of $25,000 a month ($300,000 a year) how ‘bout asking a thousand concerned citizens to donate $300 each? Or 3000 concerned citizens to donate $100 each?
Report a progress tally and let us know when we get there. Perhaps someone savvy in social media could start a crowdfunding campaign? I’d be happy to donate if I knew it would make a difference.
It would be a tragedy if this life-saving facility was to close.
The RSPCA shelter in Sydney's Blue Mountains was in a similar position a while back and the community outrage and resultant fund-raising effort succeeded in turning this around.
Like all other charities, the RSPCA is dependent on community support - please RSPCA - tell us what you need.
Kerry Mitchell, George Town.
The possible closure of the RSPCA Launceston shelter is sending shock waves through the community.
A recent visit, after a long absence, filled me with mixed emotions; delight at the welcoming devoted professional staff and volunteers and clean, bright surrounds with improvements in facilities in many areas.
Launceston and its surrounds is so fortunate to have this excellent centre and closure would see a huge gap in rescue and care for dogs and cats in desperate need of a second chance at life.
Other small private animal sanctuaries now exist in the North, but in my experience they quickly become filled to capacity. To lose this shelter would be a great blow and backward step in animal welfare. We must not let it happen.
Mary Clemons, Low Head.
I just wanted to let all the people out there who litter our road (Bridgenorth Road) know how depressing it is walking my dog these days, due to you all using our road as a tip. I remember when I liked living here and going for strolls along what used to be a lovely country road. But now I dread it every day.
While walking about 800 metres, I counted 134 pieces of rubbish. I used to take a bag and pick it up, but it has become too much effort, as I am an artist, not a garbage collector. I hate to imagine the state of your homes if this is what you do with your rubbish.