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Apr 11th 2016, 09:45 PM   #1
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Question Someone tell me about free motorcycle parking in Seattle...

I work at a software consulting firm and I have the feeling I am about to be assigned to a client in Seattle for which I will have to go on-site maybe 3 times a week. I am not happy about it as it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to get to SEA in rush hour traffic (the bus is a joke, takes even longer) but I am still holding out hope that my motorcycle can be my salvation

Parking with a car in Seattle is pretty much not an option for most people because of the cost. I figure with a bike there has to be some motorcycle-only parking or some "not legal but not illegal parking" that I can get ahold of...

Anyone have any secrets you want to share about this? I will keep them safe, I promise. Also, will my bike just get stolen? I never go to Seattle because everything about it is a pain, so I really know nothing here.
Apr 11th 2016, 10:46 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2015 Versys 650, 2018 Ducati Monster 797
SDOT - Motorcycle Parking in Seattle

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/vi...E.kbp6xKtMwSw0

Pretty much the same maps and neither include the, uh... less "official" spots like Olive & Minor above I-5

I've managed to avoid riding into downtown as the bus was actually faster for me than driving when I did have to commute in daily. Not quite from Issaquah, albeit, but it's nice having someone else transport you through the madness sometimes...
Apr 12th 2016, 07:32 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

Which part of town are you going to be in. I know that all the hospital garages on First Hill are open to motorbikes for free parking. I have had excellent luck simply riding around parking gates and into garages and parking my bike in out of the way, and unused areas between stalls and in corners, etc. It's mostly been by trial and error that I've found which garages are bike friendly. Ask the parking service at the building where you'll be working about it...
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Apr 12th 2016, 09:25 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
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Originally Posted by motoroco
I've managed to avoid riding into downtown as the bus was actually faster for me than driving when I did have to commute in daily. Not quite from Issaquah, albeit, but it's nice having someone else transport you through the madness sometimes...
Sweet! I didn't know these maps existed. A bit hard to figure out if it will work just by looking at them, but I'll take a day one weekend to go scout out a few to see how viable they are. I am actually past Issaquah on Tiger Mountain on the way to Hobart. Getting to downtown Issaquah from my house is the worst part which for a normally 12min drive takes 20-30 minutes in rush hour.

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Originally Posted by Willius
Which part of town are you going to be in. I know that all the hospital garages on First Hill are open to motorbikes for free parking. I have had excellent luck simply riding around parking gates and into garages and parking my bike in out of the way, and unused areas between stalls and in corners, etc. It's mostly been by trial and error that I've found which garages are bike friendly. Ask the parking service at the building where you'll be working about it...
Not sure where I will be - in fact I don't even know if I will be in Seattle yet lol. Just some preemptive worrying... for all I know I may even be able to get parking expensed for free.
Apr 22nd 2016, 08:44 PM   #5
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  Apr 2016
  Woodinville

  Duc 959
Not free, but I used to park in the garage at 4th and Madison when I commuted to the Columbia Tower. Their bike parking is $5 and they have plenty of bike only areas.
May 15th 2016, 06:21 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Related question: have anyone here tried SPL's motorcycle parking? Any impressions? It looks nice in theory for $4/day...
May 16th 2016, 09:13 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

If it is a really jammed area, scouting is a good idea, but that said I have always been able to find 'close by' parking where ever I have been downtown. Motorcycles are the best for commuting.
I remember when they would ignore you if you parked on the sidewalk next to a building but out of the way. THAT was nice! That was also a lot of years ago...
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Edited by Parilla125 on May 16th 2016 at 09:17 AM
Jun 4th 2016, 01:18 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Ok, we ended up with an office in Fremont; however, I noticed tons of motorcycles parked for free under the viaduct around Pioneer square. So if anyone is interested, you know where to look.
Jun 4th 2016, 06:36 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '15 KLZ1000, '03 SV650S
Park wherever and bill the expense through to your client.
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Jun 10th 2016, 06:34 PM   #10
FTW
 
  May 2016
  Tacoma

Sidewalk all you want BRO
Jun 10th 2016, 07:08 PM   #11
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  Jun 2016
  Seattle

  2012 Triumph Speed Triple
Seattle's downtown abundance of tweekers makes me feel the need to go check on my bike every few hours when I ride to work..
Jun 10th 2016, 07:38 PM   #12
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
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Originally Posted by JEEM
Seattle's downtown abundance of tweekers makes me feel the need to go check on my bike every few hours when I ride to work..
same in olympia.

I wonder if it is possible to put some sort of "high voltage contact strips" on the grips that disable when the key is turned on.....
Jun 10th 2016, 11:37 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
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Originally Posted by FTW
Sidewalk all you want BRO
Gets you towed in Seattle.
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