Toronto’s pilot project aimed towards improving motorcycle parking is now underway, with 21 of 30 motorcycle parking sites set up as of last week.
Last month, we gave you some of the details of Toronto’s new parking program; in an effort to stop motorcycles and scooters from illegally parking (the horror!), they’ve set aside space in selected parking lots to shoehorn motorcycles in. Bikes can park in these spots for free, at least for now.
The city plans to install 300 motorcycle-only parking spots in around 30 locations; as of last week, most of the locations were set up. Their timing is off, as with winter around the corner, these spots will certainly be under-utilized for the next six months; they plan on studying the results of this project for a year, with results to be determined next fall.
If you’re wondering why Toronto is doing this, look no farther than the city’s pay-and-display parking machines. When Toronto got rid of the old coin meters in favour of the new system, motorcyclists pointed out it didn’t work for them – any passerby could steal their ticket, or it could blow away in the wind.
Since then, motorcycles and scooters have been parking for free, much to the consternation of some city councillors. Scooters, in particular, have been singled out for parking on the sidewalks, and this new project is the city’s way of trying to re-establish control over the situation. We’re just guessing, but it wouldn’t surprise us if they’re also working on a way to start charging for motorcycle parking again.
Want an idea of what Toronto motorcyclists are up against in the parking department? Check out this thread on GTA Motorcycles …