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Apr 11th 2016, 08:45 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, 09:46 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  Kawasaki Versys, Ducati Monster
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, 06:32 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, 08:25 AM   #4
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  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, 07:44 PM   #5
 Rusty's Avatar
 
  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, 05:21 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, 08:13 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 08:17 AM
Jun 4th 2016, 12:18 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, 05:36 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, 05:34 PM   #10
FTW
 
  May 2016
  Tacoma

Sidewalk all you want BRO
Jun 10th 2016, 06:08 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, 06:38 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, 10:37 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Quote:
Originally Posted by FTW
Sidewalk all you want BRO
Gets you towed in Seattle.
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May 8th 2019, 09:04 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
3 years later...

Finally did some "experimental" moto parking in Seattle during workday hours. Parked in a few spots and didn't pay.


Monday - Day 1:

Parked in a garage that said I needed to go to a self-serve pay station, enter in stall number, and display ticket on vehicle. I found a nook that had no stall number, no "no parking" sign, and had no equipment or door or anything (so I wouldn't be blocking any operations).

I received a parking ticket for stall 53 which was almost 30 yards away.




Tuesday - Day 2:

Parked on 8th between Olive & Pine. Motorcycle parking. It says "PAY AT PAY STATION 8AM - 8PM". After 1 full day of parking there (9-5:30) I was able to get out for free.

Especially for street parking... are you supposed to put your parking stub on your bike somewhere? Who's to say that no one is gonna take it and throw it in their own car?

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May 8th 2019, 10:16 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

Quote:
Originally Posted by albatrosscafe
Especially for street parking... are you supposed to put your parking stub on your bike somewhere? Who's to say that no one is gonna take it and throw it in their own car?
Yeah, display it somewhere visible from the street (they suggest on or near the headlight; I used to put it under the windscreen) since that's where the patrol kart will be coming from.

They've thought of the fact that someone might take it. They suggest you record your stub number (take a picture of it) in case that happens, you can prove you paid, but it does mean you'd have to contest the ticket, which is a PITA, plus you get the rage of knowing someone got away with parking free on your dime.

A better option is to use the parking app. In Portland it's called ParkingKitty, for no very good reason. I think it's called PayByPhone in Seattle. You set up an account with the license plate numbers of the vehicles you drive, then when you park you just pull up the app, enter the code number of the pay station (it remembers these so you just tap it next time), authorize payment for the amount of time you want and you're done.

The advantages are A) you don't need to display a stub, I guess enforcement can tell it's paid for; and B) you can renew it remotely if you're running late getting back, as long as you don't exceed the location's time limit.
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Edited by WarpShatner7 on May 8th 2019 at 07:41 PM
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