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Old 01-21-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hi all I'm new to riding and so far it's been a blast, my question is when it comes to parking is it considered a faux pas to park your bike in a parking spot all on it's own? is it legal to park your bike in the striped triangular area at the end of the row? I sometimes see other bikes doing this but just cause someone else does it doesn't make it right. I appreciate your input.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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I park in the striped triangular areas all the time if not on the sidewalk! Alot of places are different. Have gotten a written warning from 'mall security' saying I wasn't able to park with the other 21 speed bicycles lol. , even some places are generous enough to have an actual spot for the bikes.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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park wherever you feel most comfortable, you are going to make somebody mad no matter what you do, but no its generally not "legal" especially around handicapped spots. It varies place to place.
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Stripped parking isnt an actual parking spot.

Get permission from the owners of the establishment to park on the sidewalk and above all dont block handicap access to/from. I personally will move bikes if people do that.

Otherwise, if its a legal street-worthy vehicle it has every right to be in a parking spot.
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No. You are completely fine taking a full car parking spot with your bike.

And I don't know what the legalities of it is, but I will park in a striped area, ONLY IF IT DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH A HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACE!
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regular spots are fine generally, and I park on the sidewalk next to the bycicles all the time.

There are parking garages downtown that do not allow motorycles to park in regular spots. The best I can figure is that the loud pipes of some MC's set off car alarms in the garage.

That being said, there is a "No Motorcycles" sign at the garage I park in, but it is not enforced.

Some garages have a wait list you can get on for "motorcycle only parking" too
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You see this is what you do to pass the time.
1. park in your own spot between two cars towards the front out of site.
2. Stay with in Eye Site of the parking spot and wait.
3. Laugh at all the cars that think they finally found a parking spot and try to park but now have to reverse and keep looking because your bike magically was parked there.


But on a serious note.
Park where you feel comfortable parking. if i see a bike rack i pull up next to it. if you have a chain chain it.
Stripped areas are GREAT! but make sure its cool with the mall cops/ Campus parking/ Owners.
or sidewalk next to door of establishment. just don't put your bike that will block others. again ask first.

i've never had a person Tell me no or to move it, but i have had several people yell at me because i took up a Full parking spot. see fun times listed above.
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You can be ticketed if you park in a fire lane which is often the "sidewalk" in front of retail businesses (Target, Walmart, etc.)
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Walmarts have HUGE stipped areas, and HUGE side walks. Ask first and think before you park. don't be an and park in a heavy traffic area.

yea rule of thumb. Red = bad no parking.
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You see this is what you do to pass the time.
1. park in your own spot between two cars towards the front out of site.
2. Stay with in Eye Site of the parking spot and wait.
3. Laugh at all the cars that think they finally found a parking spot and try to park but now have to reverse and keep looking because your bike magically was parked there.
I love doing this.

I almost had this happen to me at tailgators the other night.
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I parked my bike in a garage today DT in between 2 cars in a full space so i'm sure there is gonna be some dissapointed people lol. I didn't see any no motorcycle parking signs so I guess im good there. I did have a problem getting the ticket machine to recognize that there was a vehicle there though any advice on ways around this I had to go park then walk down to the ticket lady.
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If Im by myself I park at the back of a parking spot sideways so that cars dont get pulled in partially and then see my bike. All I need is for somone with a ranchhand bumper that has had a bad day to decide to push my bike out of the way. If Im with another bike I prefer to stagger the two bikes so that there is one close to the back of the space so people dont do the same thing. I try not to park in the striped area because thats supposed to be for handicapped people to roll around on. Ive done sidewalks as long as youre not blocking the walkway or causing a problem for pedestrians.
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I usually park in between 2 cars on the yellow line.
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I always park back in the spot a little. People whip into spots all crazy fast and don't see the bike til it's too late.
but I usually go to places where I can see my bike and are bike friendly.

We should push for mandatory motorcycle parking next to the handicapped spots

More bikers = Less emissions ... or something

yeah, Cali work on that for me
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I dont condone parking to where you block handicap areas, but I would be irate if I came out and saw someone touching, no less moving my bike from where I put it, thems fighting actions there.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:27 PM   #16
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lol tom you and me both whatever limp you put on the bike be prepared to lose.
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you can be ticketed anywhere but a legal space, that's pretty much it. You could get permission from a property owner, unless there are 'anti' signs, but if you park on a city/public sidewalk you can be ticketed, and possibly towed.

I'm not touching someone else's machine, but I also am not one for taunting cagers with 'strategic' parking. I back in and stay in the middle so people can see the bike before they start trying to take the space. Of course, I also don't go to the mall on my bike - I'm usually just riding!
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