Parking laws - Motorcycle Forum
First Bike / New Rider This is the place where new riders can get help from community experts

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
Verified
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Parking laws

I realize parking laws vary from state to state, so this might not be a good general question, but I'm going to ask anyway (I live in Texas if it's relevant).

I often see bikes parked in spaces that aren't technically parking spaces. Places like the "no parking" areas with yellow lines in parking lots when there isn't enough space for a full car, places like on the sidewalk to the side of the front doors of a store, etc. Are bikes allowed to park places cars aren't? Or do most people simply overlook it because it's not a problem when they do? It seems like a sweet perk, but I'd hate to come out of the store to find a ticket. And where do bikes stand in reference to parking meters, especially in downtown areas?

I'm just curious to find out if what appears to be one of a motorcycle's big perks is really special privileges for bikes or just people looking the other way because it doesn't hurt anyone. Thanks.
NightBaron is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 09:02 AM
Administrator
 
Dodsfall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 22,735
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
 
It's not legal to park a bike in areas where a car can't park. (Except designated motorcycle parking) If you do, be prepared to have a ticket on it or have it towed.

The striped-off zones, usually next to handicapped parking, are there so people with wheelchair ramps can get out of their vehicle.

Like anything else, unless a cop happens by, you won't get ticketed. I don't think walking an extra 20 feet is worth risking a $300 fine myself.

You still have to pay the meter anywhere I've seen.

You can theoretically park your car on the sidewalk, in a handicap spot or fire lane as well and take the same risk.

2008 XL1200R

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Dodsfall; 09-08-2008 at 09:05 AM.
Dodsfall is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 12:40 PM
.
 
calebh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
dods is right. in texas at least. lol. it is illegal to park a bike anywhere a car can't be legally parked. but bikes will get away with parking some places cars can't, unless the cop's a douche. use common sense. don't take handicapped spaces, or park in a striped zone that someone handicapped might need to get out of their car. if a sidewalk is wide enough, like at walmart, and you can get your bike out of the way, go for it. personally, i wouldn't want a ton of people walking by my bike on a narrow or well-traveled sidewalk.

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. -- Sanskrit proverb
calebh is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 01:49 PM
Administrator
 
Dodsfall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 22,735
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by calebh View Post
Personally, i wouldn't want a ton of people walking by my bike on a narrow or well-traveled sidewalk.
I've seen how some of the kids (and some adults) behave inside the Wal-Mart. I wouldn't want them that close to my bike either.

2008 XL1200R

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Dodsfall is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome