The city of Toronto is moving ahead with their pilot project for a new motorcycle parking plan that will enable them to charge riders for parking.
Under the new plan (first announced a year ago), the city will create specific parking locations for motorcycles and scooters, relying on pay-and-display machines. According to Toronto.ca, the locations will be in existing parking zones, marked off by painted lines. Supposedly, this will encourage motorcyclists to park “park legally on city streets and to park within the pay-and-display area in a controlled fashion to maximize available parking.”
In other words, this will make riders park where they want you to park. However, for now, the plan is to let motorcycles and scooters park for free in the pay-and-display locations, consistent with the city’s policy.
Remember, for years, scooter riders have been parking on Toronto sidewalks, and as far as we know, nobody’s been maimed or injured as a result. Motorcyclists have also had parking privileges; since the pay-and-display parking machines came in, bikes have been able to park for free, since it’s so easy for a passerby to steal your parking slip. The wind also easily blows those slips away.
Now, the city wants to assert some control over the situation; there will be 300 motorcycle-only parking spaces, spread through 25-30 locations. Toronto Parking Authority staff are going to monitor those spaces to see how well riders are complying. The program’s effectiveness will be reviewed next fall.
The city plans to have their pilot project running by the end of September.
You can find more details on the project, including parking locations, at the link here.