Nasty note for parking bike in a "car spot"?

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  1. ydarg

    ydarg Miscreant

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    Let it roll off your back. I don't pay attention to comments from folks who like to play parking police.

    When I park in "car" spaces, I intentionally park the bike diagonally or in a manner to take up as much of the space as possible to deter people in cars from squeezing in next to me. Before I got smart and parked off to the side or at the back of a marked space, almost without fail, I'd come back out to find a car sharing the space with me or blocking me in.
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  2. GearedUp

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    Something similar happened a few years ago in PA. Local town business didn't like all the motorcycles gathering for breakfast. Police started ticketing more than one bike per space so the next weekend motorcycles parked one bike per space taking most every space in the small town artsy business district.

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  3. blue72beetle

    blue72beetle Look at my Wee

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    So long as I can't lane split then I'm taking up a whole damn parking spot.
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  4. JohnCW

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    Pretty much this. I always try to find a spot that only a motorcycle can occupy, or park up with other bikes in one 'car spot', but if it doesn't exist its a normal parking spot. No guilt, I tried.

    The local big barn hardware store has a dedicated motorcycle spot. Doesn't stop cars using it. Does annoy me, but not enough to be bothered getting off the bike and writing a note. Have to have a pretty small mind to do that, so just see anyone who did it to a bike as not worth a second thought.
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  5. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I park in the end striped zones when possible. If anyone said something to me I'd say "Okay, but really do you want to park another spot further away from the store?"

    I used to tell my dad to use his handicapped parking hanger and use a handicapped spot. There are always open handicapped spots and he can legally do it, leaving a regular spot open for others.

    I will never have a problem using a full parking spot no matter what anyone says. I'll tell them I could just as easily been parking my truck there had I driven it.
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  6. HarveyM

    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    Contra point our local mall has a few dedicated motorcycle spots close to the building. They’re clearly marked with signs on poles. Of course, one day I found a Mercedes rag top backed into one of them.
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  7. hamiamham

    hamiamham Been here awhile

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    The expectation - at least here in NYC - is - for on-street parking - you pay the same rate as a car and then take up 1/8th the amount of space as a car would as you are required to park perpendicular to the curb. Similarly - in a month parking garage - I typically pay between 1/4-1/3 what a car pays and am expected to jam my bike in an area 1/8th the size of a typical car space.
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  8. vasuvius

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    NYC should grow up and allow parking motorcycles on sidewalks. Back when I used to work on 47th & Park, a blue Suzuki was parked on the sidewalk everyday for years - no license plate, VIN # filed off.......Then suddenly one day it was gone. A month later I parked my bike on the sidewalk on a Sat as I had to get in to work for an emergency and building security had a 'talk' with me.
    So silly. Most large cities in Europe allow m/c parking on sidewalks. So much easier.
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  9. scottdc

    scottdc Been here awhile

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    Lived in Portland off and on for most of my life, never had a problem before but please feel free to tell me why you think this is a Portland issue.
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  10. Karlfitt

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    I've been there for breakfast before a ride, I didn't know that had happened.

    Yes, and they allow lane splitting to. I like to say "Other civilized countries and California allow lane splitting..."

    I have gone to a few Rockies games on my bike. I have parked with the bicycles up front. I always expect to see a ticket when I come out, but so far have not.
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  11. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I've been gone from Colorado living in Mexico for 12 years so I don't know what the current status is but other than Colorado Springs for a while Colorado was always pretty motorcycle friendly
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  12. Khantahr

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    Two problems with Portland:

    Virtually no motorcycle parking anywhere except a few odd business and the airport (which has awesome motorcycle parking).

    Each motorcycle has to pay the full parking rate, even if 5 of them are in one spot.
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  13. foxtrapper

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    Parking garages are always flakey when it comes to bikes, in my experience.
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  14. Karlfitt

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    There are garages in downtown Denver that do not allow motorcycles.
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    I love when I get to interact with people like that. Smile and kill them with 'kindness' all the while mentally giving them the :flip
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  16. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    I call those interactions "fluff" used to enhance my enjoyment of riding my scoot. Blow the ignorant minds with Love and Kindness
    but stay parked.
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  17. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Maybe get a sticker to put on the gas cap "POLICE MAKE ME PARK HERE!"
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  18. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Some people are so goddamn stupid I'm surprised they remember to breathe. Any tax-paying, fuel-using, roadgoing vehicle has just as much right to any parking space as they do. Fucking narcissistic shit bags. Probably showed up in a completely empty F150 or SUV or Minivan anyway. Then if you want to go park on the sidewalk with your motorcycle, somebody probably gives you shit for that. Can't win.
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  19. Coalhound

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    Yep
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  20. ChopperCharles

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    I've had some asshat move my TW200 into a bicycle parking area before. This is in the parking lot where I parked every single day for work. I was *pissed*. (I started using the steering lock and a chain after that)

    Charles.
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