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    Registered Muser Charlie_K's Avatar
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    New parking system designers forgot about motorcycles

    Read how Albany NY didn't think about motorcycle parking. At least when they were questioned about it they solicited input from motorcyclists. Here's a link to the Albany Parking Authority. If you send them a suggestion share it with us here.

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    Chicago uses the same style metering system... I don't know how they handle it.
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    Calgary went to a similar system a couple years ago. You have to enter the plate number of the vehicle in and there is no need to display a payment slip. They use an automated system with cameras mounted to a vehicle that patrols the streets and compares plates of parked vehicles against those entered in and currently paid up. The problem for motorcyles here is that you are required to park paralell to the curb so they can read your plate. The other issue has seen some drivers getting ticketed before they can walk to the end of the block and pay for their parking if the patrol vehicle happens by just after they've parked.

    It seems no system is perfect.

    There are some private lots that issue a stub for parking. I usually pay up and pocket the stub. If I were to find a ticket on my bike upon return, I could fight it by providing the stub and using the argument of having no safe location to display it, but have yet to need to do so.
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    Most obvious solution: Provide motorcycles-only free parking.
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    The city of Toronto has the same style of parking and paying. However, they have free parking for motorcycles and scooters. Angled parking so they can fit more bikes in the spaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walterK75 View Post
    The city of Toronto has the same style of parking and paying. However, they have free parking for motorcycles and scooters. Angled parking so they can fit more bikes in the spaces.
    Calgary Parking Authority hasn't been so generous or enlightened That helps to explain why we continue to have one of the highest parking costs in North America.
    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
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    Windsor has the pay and display machines. I asked this same question of a traffic warden and he suggested I keep the payment stub on me. Said if I got a ticket I could use it to have the ticket quashed. Sounds darned inconvenient.

    I put the stub on my bike and take a picture with my iPhone showing it in place. I haven't had one taken from the bike yet. If someone swipes it and I have to fight a ticket, I can just e-mail the picture to the enforcement office.

    I just wish other cities would follow Toronto's lead.
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    We have that system in Portsmouth. I used to put the slip in my gas cap. Now I use a large paper clamp hooked over one of the cables. It works fine, the biggest annoyance is screwing with the damn machines.
    BMW R bike rider, horizontally opposed to everything...

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    In Chicago you are supposed to write your plate number on the ticket and peel off the back and stick it on your headlight. It works ok except I never have a pen on me when riding. I haven't been ticketed yet.

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    Some of the cities here has electronic meters that require the parking spot be entered as well. However, some do not. I haven't even thought about what to do if on a bike? I think I might be include to put it some where on the bike which can easily been seen, and take a photo with my cell phone proving purchase, just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88bmwJeff View Post
    Some of the cities here has electronic meters that require the parking spot be entered as well.
    Using Redwood City as an example (because I park there most every Saturday) the receipt you get from the machine explicitly says do NOT place on dash. So how do they enforce parking? Simple: the officer goes to the pay station and gets a list of spots that are not paid up. Cars in those spots get tickets. I think they use some kind of hand-held device to query the pay station, not sure.

    Your receipt can be used should the officer make an error. As to why they don't want receipts on your dash... best guess is that they don't want folks to somehow know that a particular spot still has some time left, forcing them to feed in their 50 cents.

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    In the towns I frequent, the meters have no idea what spaces are paid up.
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    What a fine example of the people we elect to run our cities. No need to sweat the details or think long term. No, those people actually run successful businesses. When they cannot figure out simple things like how to pay for parking we are all truly screwed. What chance does social security have?

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    Chicago's recently retired mayor " Daley the son" sold the metered spots to a New York City firm for a 75 yr lease. The sum we received was all spent in less then a year. Now, newly retired, he takes a job with( wait for it)


    The law firm that brokered the deal!!!
    Viva revolucion!!!!!

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    In Austin their solution was to let motorcycles park free on the blocks with those style meters.
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