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I always park my motorcycle like it is a car in a proper parking space. But then I notice so many bikers just park them any where they find a spot that fits a bike. Is there some secret privileges given to motorcyclists that I don't know about?
 

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it really depends on where you live, but in general motorcycles must follow the same laws as cars.

The City generally does not distinguish between passenger cars and motorcycles when it comes to parking regulations. As such, motorcycles are eligible to park in any parking space that a passenger car is allowed to park in. This includes paid parking spaces (meter or pay station), spaces with time-limit restrictions, and spaces that are unrestricted (but still subject to the citywide 72-hour on-street time limit).

More than one motorcycle may occupy a parking space as long as there is sufficient space and all parking regulations are observed. The City has also designated more than 100 parking spaces around the city for the exclusive use of motorcycles and scooters.

Some Places Motorcycles May Not Park
All regular parking regulations apply to motorcycles including not parking in front of fire hydrants, within 5 feet of a driveway, in Tow-Away Zones, in load zones, etc. Additionally, motorcycles may not park:

in spaces in front of or behind striped parking spaces (as these spaces typically provide maneuvering room that passenger cars need to enter and exit an adjacent striped space),
along curb bulbs or indentions,
in alleys, or
on the sidewalk.
 

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1. Leave the motorcycle parked at an angle to the curb to allow it to be easily pulled into traffic.

2. Leave the motorcycle parked with the tire against the curb and in gear.

3. Parking a bike where the lean on the sidestand is going DOWN a hill could make the bike unstable and make it difficult to upright from its sidestand. You may want to park near a 35 degree angle to the curb.

4. Parking a bike where the lean on the sidestand is going UP a hill could make the bike easy to tip over. You will need to park closer to a 45-50 degree angle from the curb.

5. You will need to try various positions on a hill depending on whether the hill is going up or down. Satisfy yourself that the bike remains stable, is easy to lift off its sidestand and is easy to ride away.

6. When parking in a parking lot, place the bike in the middle of the lane so that it is parked at the end of the space so motorists will be able to see you as soon as they attempt to park there.

7. Know the local parking rules. Sometimes only one motorcycle may be parked in a space. Other places may allow several bikes to use the same parking space to conserve space.

8. Be aware of the surface you are parking on. Loose gravel, hot asphalt, sand, and grass may cause your bike to sink on the sidestand. Use a flat plate under the sidestand to better support the bike.
 
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