Where do you park?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mr.horine, May 10, 2018.

  1. mr.horine

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    Not sure if this thread is in the correct spot, but when you come to a crowed parking lot (mall, restaurant, Starbucks, etc) Where do you park? Parking spot, Yellow hashed line, side walk?

    I personally like parking in the yellow hash marks at the end of the row where a car cannot obviously fit (picture below for reference) . I feel like I would piss some cager off by taking up a whole space.
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  2. OrangeYZ

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    Parking spot. If I can't find one quickly then I guess I'll park in the yellow-dash triangles on the right. The yellow dash zone on the left looks like a loading zone.

    What are the green and white spots?

    Honestly, if the mall/restaurant/starbucks is so crowded that there are zero regular parking spots then I'm going home because forget that shit.
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  3. mr.horine

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    Correct, the yellow dash on the left is a loading zone, and specifically says not parking (I would not park there). The blue dashes are Handicap (again I would not park there), and the green are 20min paring spots.
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  4. Turtletownman

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    In the case above, I'd park in a regular spot. Always remember leave the rear of the bike even with the cages in adjacent slots. This way nobody pulls into your slot thinking it is empty and runs over your bike-maybe. Do not park on sidewalk-this really pisses off some people and may well get you a ticket or worse.

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    What do you think the hashed lines are telling you ?

    NO PARKING - doesn't matter if they are yellow or blue.

    They don't mean "You are special - park here."

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  6. aldend123

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    Definitely in the yellow hashed endcaps. I'll usually take something like that if they're large enough that I'm not intruding on the neighboring parked cars, or making it tight for a large vehicle to navigate the lot. Those look plenty big. But I won't park in hashed areas that are intended for a walking space, dumpster, or building entrance/exit.
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    Park on the Pavement :D
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    parking spot - with room for another bike should one show up.
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  9. Jim Moore

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    I'll park right up by the store if I can find a spot where I'm not in the way. I'll park on the sidewalk if it's REALLY wide.
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    If I had a little 50cc scooter, I'd think about it. But most of our bikes are big enough to be a problem.

    Besides, a little walking is good for us.
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    In an effort to not piss off the locals, and bring a bad name to all motorcyclists, I park in a parking spot, just like everyone else. Hopefully i find a spot that I can easily see from where I am headed.

    Displaying acts of "entitlement". and parking in illegal places is a surefire way to piss others off, and also get a parking ticket. See post #3 for good info as well.
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  13. Jim Moore

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    On the scooter I'll park in the bike rack.
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    I don't understand how parking at the back of the lot, the furthest from the door, while leaving a car spot available in a busy lot, is an act of entitlement.
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    I feel like a single motorcycle taking up a whole parking spot in a busy parking lot would piss off the locals more than parking in the yellow hashes on the right end of this picture. just my opinion.
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  16. Jim Moore

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    My rule: If it helps me and it doesn't hurt anyone else, I'm doing it. Fuck them and their hurt feelings.
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    I pay road tax, city sticker, tolls like the rest of them. If there’s a designated spot, I’ll park there else I view it as their responsibility to provide a safe spot for me. I will not park in areas where I’m not allowed. This goes for making left turns off a busy road (in the US), I take the whole lane. I made the mistake of staying on the leftmost part of the lane and it’s not a good feeling when cars and trucks are trying to squeeze by you. I follow the rules of the road with no lane splitting and same rules in the parking lot.


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  18. Jim Moore

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    I do what I want.
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    Agreed. I try to think of the impression I leave on everyone else. There's a store near the mall that I stop at occasionally. Invariably, I'll find a full HD dresser parked up next to the building on the sidewalk. Somehow, the owner thinks he's entitled to park where no one else would think to park. And it isn't like he'd have to walk a mile to the store. There's plenty of parking available within a hundred feet. IMO, he's just being a jerk.

    Or like the other HD owner who parks at the Costco in the Loading Only area because again, it is close to the door.

    Are those guys that lazy or out of shape? :hmmmmm

    I don't think that was the intent. And like you, I'll look for a place that will not cause any impact to anyone else. But failing that, I'll take a parking place.

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    Interestingly, the guys on this thread that claim to park wherever they want, regardless of any civil or courtesy rules, are not the dreaded HD owners. My guess is that you have an obsession, or fixation of sorts. Work on it.
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