Why should parking garages cater to Motorcycles/Scooters?

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In my opinion if the whole idea is for the owner of the garage to make money, & the purpose of a garage is to make less conjestion for parking. I'd think by adding spots for bikes or scooters would make more space for people to park meaning a bit less conjestion & more money for the garage owner.

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I agree, but I don't think

I agree, but I don't think it'll help much with conjestion.

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Motorcycle Parking

I don't care what they try to get us to believe about Down Town parking, those of us who have to find a parking space during an event or during the day know the truth.

It's expensive and there is not enough of it.

Creating Motorcycle parking - especially since there are so many more people riding - to me seems like the next step in making the down town work for us.

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not to mention it really

not to mention it really ought to expand their profits a bit. Cutting spaces into two motorcycle spaces, and using some of the "unusable" space for motorcycles should open up more parking for them, rather than less.

As it is, each motorcycle is using a full cars worth of space, and usually paying less for it. Not exactly a winning prospect for them on space or profitability.

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I agree with that, I hate

I agree with that, I hate seeing 2 bikes taking up 2 spots when they could of shared just 1 spot.

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It's a way to make more money...

Parking garages are in the business to make money, not make things more convenient for us or help with congestion.

Here in Portland (Maine) the garage I use seems to have no set policy. Mostly they don't want to park bikes, but three striped spaces have appeared near the entrance. The attendant usually parks his bike there, but I have seen all the spaces occupied, so some bikes are parking there.

In San Francisco, where I used to live, the garage right at the Chinatown gate took some car spots to put in a dedicated bike area, right next to the attendant's booth, enclosed by metal railings so that no one could back over the bikes. I'd guess that it parked maybe 2 dozen bikes, and the rate was lower, maybe half the car price. It was really handy, but often full, which proves how many people would use (and pay) for it.

SF was great for street parking. A lot of the "unusable" spots downtown were bike only, divided up into narrow slots (each with a meter), and they were everywhere.

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In Cleveland, motorcycles

In Cleveland, motorcycles pay the same rate as cars... there are some stripped areas where I could park, but to prove the point, I take up a car space.... charge me less and I'll get out of the way.

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Hey, Ova dae...

Hey, I'm with you...make the point!
I live on an island off the coast of Maine, and it used to cost only slightly less than a car to bring a bike over on the ferry. It has recently gone down, so it's only about half the price of a car now. At least some improvement...but I doubt if it was my endless messages in the suggestion box.

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Recently a buddy of mine and

Recently a buddy of mine and I took our bikes on the Cape May - Lewes Ferry (Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE). Our two bikes parked together took up HALF the space of one car. However, the round trip ticket was $50 for one bike when a car would have been $59. The slight discount for a bike was nice, but not enough in my opinion considering the space we saved.

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Auckland, New Zealand

Wow I didn't realise how lucky we are here in Auckland, New Zealand. We can park bikes for free in all city-run parking garages. There are designated bike parking spaces and the sign at the entrance of the building says "bikes do not take a ticket" and you just ride around the barrier to go in.

Also if we want to park on the street we do not have to pay to park in a metered parking space, on condition we park in a manner that allows another bike to share the space.

The only drawback is we're in the southern hemisphere so we have to park upside down. You soon get used to it.

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Good idea!Creating

Good idea!Creating Motorcycle parking - especially since there are so many more people riding - to me seems like the next step in making the down town work for you
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Hartford, CT parking

For what it's worth, several of us used to commute in to Hartford from all over Connecticut. Travelers Insurance has set aside a large number of multiple-bike parking spaces in one of their garages, right on the street level for easy access. They encouraged employees to ride to work for all the reasons we understand. Others of us parked in the garage attached to the "Gold Building". As it turns out, the manager of the garage (back in 2004-2006 timeframe) was a rider and they went to the point of even changing the electronics in the parking card reader so it was more senesitive and would always detect bikes. I don't know if things are still the same, but at one time Hartford was a very bike-friendly place (at least 8 months out of the year). Steve.

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Bike and motorcycle friendly parking

I work for a state agency in downtown Richmond, VA. Parking spaces on my work place's deck are all taken and those spaces are assigned by seniority. Someone literally has to die for a new person to get a parking spot. Thankfully, the agency has set aside an area for motorcycle, scooter and bicycle parking only - first come, first served. There are only two regular bicycle riders and yours truly(scooter)who use this space. Two other people ride motorcycles when the weather is nice. That means I can count on a parking space out of the weather and monitored by security cameras every day!

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Boston's not so friendly

I'd love chime in with the rest of you about how great parking is, and that town's are getting more friendly towards motorcyclists....but Boston is not that place. Here they let scooters park on the sidewalks for free, but a motorcycle has to use up a whole metered spot by itself. And don't even think of parking with your back tire against the curb, like they teach in the safety courses. Here they'll ticket you for that (I have been, twice). You're expected to park parallel to the curb, and no more than 12" away from it. Imagine how many bikes are getting hit from people thinking they are backing into an empty space. Then you can also forget the garages. Most of the downtown garages have signs that state motorcycles are not even allowed in the garage, even if you wanted to shell out the same $40 a car does. I suppose it's cheaper than the $45 ticket if your meter runs out.

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We have quite a few

We have quite a few motorycle-only parking spots in our downtown area. This is a pretty small city, so it kind of surprises me. There are a ton of bicycles here, and the city really caters to them, too. Bike racks everywhere you look and bike lanes on every street.
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In Norfolk VA

The parking ramp at Old Dominion University has marked off an odd shaped space which accommodates 6-10 bikes. But of course there they charge by permit. I'm not sure if they give a discount for 2 wheels, but every time I've gone there it's been full or close to.

Otherwise there doesn't seem to be much sympathetic treatment of bikes vs. cars around here. I've used the ramp in Portsmouth (which charges by time). It has a small sign on the gate that says 'no motorcycles' but the tenders have never turned me away.

The Boston policy seems just bizarre.

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You're expected to park

You're expected to park parallel to the curb, and no more than 12" away from it.

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Yes Walk to Work

Good lively discussion on the issue of parking space, but why use a motor bike? I agree with the last poster. Walk to work and enjoy it instead.

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I agree

I totally agree.
In europe, you can find a spot to park your motorcycle easily while it's impossible to find one for your car.

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Parking spot

In europe, you can find a parking spot to park your motorcycle easily while it's impossible to find one for your car.

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To some extent, I agree with

To some extent, I agree with you. Now in my city, there are no enough parking spots.

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I ride my scooter all over

I ride my scooter all over town as long as its warm enough even in the winter some times i got hooked while on vacation renting one and buying gas like twice since it was so efficient. My auto insurance covers it and i only use the car when i need to drive pretty far or if its raining out.

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This is definitely an

This is definitely an ongoing issue. Parking garage should cater to the motorcycle. Its a vehicle on the rode and you should have spots in a parking deck. Not sure what the issue is.

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We definitely have to make

We definitely have to make room for the motorcycles. We have to so respect to this in the future. This definitely bothers me.

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exactly. I hate that feeling

exactly. I hate that feeling of being teased that I'm about to find a spot, only to drive up on it to see that a motorcycle or ped is tucked in there. If they their own marked spaces, clearly marked, then I would feel better. And it would be better spatially and make more room.

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It is very necessary

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Recently a buddy of mine and

Recently a buddy of mine and I took our bikes on the Cape May - Lewes Ferry (Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE). Our two bikes parked together took up HALF the space of one car. However, the round trip ticket was $50 for one bike when a car would have been $59. The slight discount for a bike was nice, but not enough in my opinion considering the space we saved.

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In my city there are very

In my city there are very few motorcycle parking area. This is not a pretty small city so that is why it surprises me. There are massive number of bicycles here and the city really caters to them, too.

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Agreed

Exactly, it's more profitable to have more bike parking. Still not much has changed in my area, since this thread began.

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In my opinion motorcycles

In my opinion motorcycles and scooters are equal to cars if the owners consider them this way. There are people who love motorcycles over cars and this is why I believe a garage should satisfy the owner need. This is something you will always see at fox car rental.

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