Boston area motorcycle parking?

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  1. rustbucket

    rustbucket Been here awhile

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    I'm wondering what the story is for parking in the Boston area. In previous cities I've lived in, a motorcycle was supposed to take an entire spot where there was metered parking. That was frustrating trying to find a spot, and more so when I got tickets because I car pulled in closer to the meter I had paid.

    So, any advice for parking in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville?
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  2. BikePilot

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    There's free moto parking in a garage in harvard square (or was as of a year and a half ago). I rarely parked on the street, when I did I generally wedged the bike in wherever it fit and fed the nearest meter. Never got ticketed, but didn't do that a lot. I also fairly often stashed the bike on campus or on a side-walk. I was always careful that the bike wouldn't be in anyone's way and never got hassled. Had my own parking spot under my apartment building for over-night parking. For inter-city transportation a bicycle is faster and easier to park than a motorcycle. I pretty much only rode the moto when I would be leaving the city.
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  3. garandman

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  4. Rovernutt

    Rovernutt The best 1x2xfar?

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  6. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Didn't you just recently read that story about a woman who paid $500,000 for two spots in the Back Bay? I expect you will have to pay about $150,000 to get one to fit a bike.....:rofl
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  7. zeeede

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    Don't do that. You will get ticketed in Boston. Unless you're in a motorcycle-only space, the bike has to be in its own parking space, parallel to the curb, and within 1 foot of the curb or else it will be ticketed. I've recieved tickets for parking in my own space and paying the meter, but having my back wheel against the curb and the front wheel out so the bike was 45 degress instead of parallel. Also been ticketed for wedging in between cars and for being too far from the curb.

    If you do this, BE CONSIDERATE. And watch for private property.

    Also, look for other motorcycles parked and park next to them. When I worked at Boston Unviersity, there were a couple of places on campus where 3 or 4 people would park motorcycles and not get hassled.
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  8. mac85

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