Parking on a Hill - Downhill or
following is located in the
ON-ROAD ASSESSMENT SHEET MDL25E
assessors during a Practical Driving
Assessment in Western Australia.
Hill Park, "Fails
to Angle Front Wheel to Kerb When
This is a
direct contradiction to the
Department of Transport, Western
Australia - Motorcycle Competency
Standard, Version 10, Approved
04/10/2012. View Here
1.1.3 Make sure that when
you leave a motorcycle it is parked
the motorcycle is positioned either
parallel or at an angle (if
appropriate) with the rear wheel
against the kerb.
So should it be FRONT WHEEL or REAR
It seems the creators of the
Assessment Scoresheet have never
ridden a motorcycle.
I cannot see how angling the front
wheel toward the kerb while parked
uphill will prove anything.
I prefer the advice given in the
The Practical Driving Assessment is
based on the Ride Safe Handbook.
The problem is
that the Handbook does not discuss
So we will have to look at other
sources to solve this contradiction.
Opinion First: Obviously if parking
in a bay facing downhill, if you
park with your front wheel turned in
toward the kerb; as stated on the
assessment sheet, then when leaving
the bay, you would have to
dangerously push the bike backward
uphill to get the front wheel off
the kerb. This could cause back
injuries and is unsafe, due to
relying on your shoe tread to grip
the road surface on tiptoes.
New Zealand Road Code states the
following. View Here
"Parking on a steep hill can be
difficult. When facing downhill the
advice for a car driver is to turn the
front wheels towards the kerb. Doing
this with a motorcycle and placing it on
the side stand may make it unstable and
difficult to get upright. It may be
safer to park on the other side of the
road, facing uphill. Try various
positions to find out what is best for
your motorcycle. It should be stable and
easy to lift off the side stand."
Transport Alberta has this to say. View
"It is recommended that you do not park
your motorcycle facing downhill. If you
must do this temporarily, place the
motorcycle at about a 45-degree angle to
the curb. Ensure the motorcycle is in
first gear. Lock the steering to the left.
If the motorcycle does move it will likely
fall to the left."
My Opinion: If
parking in a bay facing uphill, the
most sensible method is to stop past
the bay, then roll backward into the
bay to place the rear wheel against
the kerb, with the bike at a 45
degree angle. Exiting the bay is as
simple as riding the clutch to move
forward, away from the kerb.
Official New Zealand Road Code. View Here
"Parking a motorcycle safely
requires some thought. When facing uphill
back the motorcycle to the kerb and leave
it in gear. Don't forget to lock it. Being
at an angle to the kerb allows you to see
what is coming when you start off again.
tips for more information."
Transport Alberta has this to say. View
hill, it is best to park facing uphill.
This is to prevent the motorcycle rolling
forward off the stand. If a curb is
present, have the rear wheel make contact
with the curb to prevent the motorcycle
from rolling back."
Park in gear with the side-stand on the
If the side-stand points
uphill, the bike will be too upright to be
If you can't park it
in a manner to prevent your motorcycle
from rolling or becoming unstable, choose
another parking place.
If you have NO OTHER CHOICE
but to park facing downhill, turn off the
engine with the motorcycle in first gear,
and place the kick stand downhill allowing
the bike to lean. if the motorcycle rolls,
it will just roll off the side stand and
lay on it's side.
It is better
to park uphill, safely, or park a
block away and walk back.
choose the safe option and do not
angle your front wheel toward the
kerb during your assessment, the
assessor is able to mark you off as
Fair on the Assessment Scoresheet.
But it's only one Fair so your not
likely to fail.
4 Fair = 1
it takes 4 Poors to fail.
Now let's look at some
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