Last Updated on February 28, 2018 by Lawrence Berezin
Leave your motorcycle or bicycle unattended on the streets of New York City and guilt will surely engulf you.
How would you feel if you found a stranger sitting and messing with your motorcycle? Or, a car driving past your bicycle and knocking it over because it wasn’t parked properly? Worse yet, what if someone stole your motorcycle or bicycle because you didn’t safeguard it correctly? Very alarming.
If you are new to biking or motorcycling, you have a lot of things to learn before parking in New York City. NYC parking rules vary according to the location and parking signs (including the long-term parking of motorcycles). Overnight parking in NYC is very risky. Leave your bike on the highways and byways of NYC for long hours, and it will be damaged by vandals or stolen by thieves.
5 crucial tactics for parking your motorcycle in NYC:
- Get a good lock to secure your motorcycle to safeguard it against thieves
- Find a cover, preferably something that is worn or old, to throw thieves off the look of a new motorcycle
- Try to lock your bike to something heavy and big like fences and buildings.
- Get an alarm
- Try to park it with other bikes and make sure it’s at a place where the police or other people can see it. The crowd may serve as a deterrent against the bad guys
You must be aware of the parking laws and regulations before deciding where and how to park
For the parking ticket warriors and police officers, there is only one legal way to park a scooter or a motorcycle in the five boroughs – it’s on the street. The only way to keep the parking legit is to park your motorcycle on the street. However, parking in metered areas is fuzzy because you will be responsible for paying for the right to park and not for the right to a specific place. As a result, most motorcyclist park “between spaces” where there is a little risk in getting a ticket.
Before you leave your motorcycle, think of the best place where you can park it. The best place for parking is at the end spot between the last parked cars and the intersection. Put it where the vehicle is facing the intersection. In that way, you are guaranteed that the owner of the parked car cannot claim that they did not see your bike as they leave the parking space
Here are 7 essential tips for parking your motorcycle:
- Avoid parking behind vehicles.
- Do not park it between two cars where space is limited.
- Choose an area where parking spaces have a low turnover rate
- Make sure that you parked the motorcycle at an angle to the curb allowing it to be easily pulled in the traffic. The tire must be against the curb. (about a 35-degree angle to the curb).
- Put your bike in the middle of the lane when parking in a public parking lot so motorists can see you when they attempt to park there.
- Knowledge is power. Learn the local parking rules to avoid parking tickets and fines.
- Finally, be familiar with the area where you are going to park your motorcycle.
Parking violations and fines
In New York City and New York state, parking on sidewalks may result in a fine of $50.00. Riding a bike with an obscured or expired license plate will result in a fine of $35.00. There are two things that you must remember before parking your motorcycles:
- Do not remove your license plate to avoid being ticketed and
- Park your motorcycle in the right place. Parking ticket warriors and cops are very keen in observing your actions.
About The author
New York Parking Ticket is privileged to have a member of the NYC driving community who is totally passionate about all things involving motorcycle/biking safety, and safeguarding your treasured possession. Here’s a brief bio, and a link to Jafrum’s website. Check it out! You’ll be glad you did:
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[Larry’s note: New York Parking Ticket LLC has not been offered nor accepted anything of value for publishing this great guest blog post, except Jafrum’s desire to share his passion and expertise with members of the NYC driving public].