Are you careful about where you park your motorcycle in NYC?
Bicycle owners are more passionate about riding than motorcycle owners…just kidding. Motorcycle owners are incredibly passionate about their bikes and how to park them safely.
Here are a few parking tips for motorcycle owners/drivers
- You are permitted to angle park, but one wheel must touch the curb
- It matters not whether it is the front or rear wheel
- In no event shall any portion of your motorcycle be more than six (6) feet from the curb
- A motorcyclist does NOT have to feed the meter, if
- Your bike can fit in between cars that are parked at the meter, and
- The meter is activated, and
- Your bike is parked at an angle to the curb with one wheel touching the curb
The big but is, if a paying car leaves the space, time runs out, you may get a parking ticket. I wonder whether you may get a parking ticket for “overtime parking” if you reactivate the meter?
If a motorcycle takes the whole parking space, you must pay the toll on the poll (parking meter).
Can any of our passionate motorcyclists offer some additional parking tips and tricks? What should be avoided when parking a motorcycle? Why?[Larry’s note: information for this article was obtained from a fabulous book authored by Gridlock Sam Schwartz, a world re known parking expert, and former NYC Traffic Commissioner, entitled, “Traffic Conundrums,” which is available for purchase at Amazon.com or on Gridlock Sam’s website].