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Nov 13th 2016, 02:51 PM   #1
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The spunk-filled wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
How about some free motorcycle parking and lax enforcement, non?

I've often thought if city authorities want to get rid of cars and free up parking, make designated motorcycle parking free, and don't be too fussy about parking in non-designated spaces. Which apparently is just how they do it in France:

http://motorbikewriter.com/motorcycle-parking-paradise/

Another suggestion I'd make is that if one motorcycle is in a designated marked parking space for cars, it's free, and up to three more motorcycles can occupy that space also for free. Right now if you have several motorcycles in one on-street space, all of them have to pay full price, which is just a windfall for the city.
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Edited by WarpShatner7 on Nov 13th 2016 at 07:51 PM
Nov 13th 2016, 03:59 PM   #2
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
In Olympia, as long as there is time on the meter, you can fit as many bikes as you want. After 5pm and on weekends/holidays, everything is fair game. There is no after hours city enforcement, so I park even in spaces that arent spots.
Nov 13th 2016, 07:04 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
I wish they'd do that here in the states.
Good for Olympia for doing that much.
Shortly after I moved to Vancouver I had to go to the DOL on Franklin St and parked in a striped triangle so that someone else could use the actual parking space since they're kinda limited there. I didn't think anything of it because your first 20 minutes are free in the parking space anyway. Well, I was in there less than 20 minutes and got a parking ticket for my kindness and consideration to fellow motorists. There is a base fine, however I ended up paying significantly less after speaking with the judge whom understood why I did that and agreed with me. Regardless, now I take a whole GD space where ever I go unless I'm able to watch my bike while I'm doing my transaction, whatever it may be.
Nov 14th 2016, 07:37 AM   #4
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
Sorta, kinda releated???

Motorcycles part for free at PDX, and it's covered, first right on the lower level...it's the only way I fly for business.
Nov 14th 2016, 08:25 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I've never had any issues parking wherever I want in Portland, but I always buy a ticket regardless of how I'm parked. Between spots, in regular car spots, in designated bike spots, on the sidewalk... Seems like we have free reign as long as there's a parking ticket on our bikes somewhere.

It'd be nice if it was free but I'm typically not downtown before 5pm anyway, so I'm paying for 2 hours of parking at most.
Nov 14th 2016, 02:10 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja EX300 CRF250x, CRF150RB. XR100
Parking in Downtown Portland

I generally ride into downtown Portland on Tuesdays. Yes 99% of the time I purchase a ticket and take a picture of it, just in case it disappears (wind, theft, etc..) I forgot one time and did not receive a ticket. Another time I parked near the court house, asked a Leo who happened to be near my bike, about motorcycle parking. He said that the parking person didn't even look at my bike.
I have been told that at smart park riders pull a ticker then go around the gate when they leave.
Nov 15th 2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Downtown Kirkland, WA has tons of free MC parking. And free Internet (wifi) throughout the downtown area to boot, albeit fairly slow. I really think that city sets the trend.

I was on Montgomery and California for lunch in S.F. a while back (Embarcadero area) and there was bikes lined up on every block corner which, if I remember, was free.

I agree that more metro areas need to provide and label MC parking areas to take guesswork out of where to park *legally* but mainly to support scoots, mc, bicycles, and other small modes of transport
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Nov 17th 2016, 07:31 AM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

Clackamas town center rent-a-cop wrote me a warning for parking next to the bicycle rack by the building. It was back in a alcove kind of thing, didn't restrict anybody from walking anywhere, even to the bicycle rack.

My policy there now is one motorcycle per full size parking spot, no matter how many (the more the better).
Nov 17th 2016, 10:30 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
^ Was that the little alcove by REI? I used to park my mc in their on occasion if I were going in there for just a few minutes. No point in taking up a whole space and leaving the bike 1/4 mile away unattended for a 10 minute trip inside. I did that once at the bike rack next to B&N as well during the Christmas rush.
Nov 17th 2016, 10:56 AM   #10
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  Jul 2016
  The Couv

I usually pick 1 half of a regular parking spot. Someone else with a bike is welcome to share it.

I do tend to park towards the back of the spot to be more visible though, so a stupid cager doesn't blaze right into my bike not paying attention.
Nov 17th 2016, 11:38 AM   #11
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
^ Was that the little alcove by REI? I used to park my mc in their on occasion if I were going in there for just a few minutes. No point in taking up a whole space and leaving the bike 1/4 mile away unattended for a 10 minute trip inside. I did that once at the bike rack next to B&N as well during the Christmas rush.
It was next to the Macy's entrance above REI. It was more of a corner than an alcove.
Nov 17th 2016, 05:05 PM   #12
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
Walmart doesnt care either. i go there (for my dogs insulin only) and park right between the doors next to the building under the awning
Nov 20th 2016, 04:56 PM   #13
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  Sep 2016
  Kenmore

  2005 Fz1 The Fazer
One time at my local Safeway in bothell there were two mc cops parked on the "sidewalk" up against the building about 40 feet from the door.
Nov 27th 2016, 06:35 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
A few years ago there was a group effort to push for a different type of motorcycle parking with the City of Portland, I even went to a few meetings at the City, we didn't get anywhere. It's all about the revenue these days.
Nov 27th 2016, 07:52 PM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

Portland doesn't give a crap about anything that isn't human powered. Traffic keeps getting worse and they keep shrinking roads, somehow thinking that will make people ride bicycles.
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