Two blocks of downtown Vancouver’s Robson Street were
jammed with motorcycles on Sunday — but neatly: one bike to a
It was an organized attempt to show
civic politicians that free parking for motorcycles makes sense. With
a motorcycle taking up a complete parking space when it could be
stuffed into a smaller spot, car and truck drivers are left wandering
the streets in search of room, the protesters said.
They want Vancouver to set aside
dedicated two-wheel parking spaces in areas where cars won’t fit,
such as "far-side corner clearances," which are the spaces
between ordinary parking spots and adjacent street corners, usually
six metres long.
Vancouver city bureaucrats have recommended
that up to 1,000 such corner parking spaces be created over the next
10 years, but only for 50 cc mopeds and electric bikes. Because
ordinary motorcycles and large scooters don’t run any cleaner than
cars, they shouldn’t get a free ride, the city says.
Motorcyclists say that ignores the
facts that motorcycles do less damage to roads and letting them take
up otherwise-unusable spaces would free parking room for cars and