I am a little paranoid about someone stealing my scooter. OK, a lot paranoid. I garage Neela every night, and I try to always lock her up to the center pole in the garage. Out in the real world I try my best to lock her up to something sturdy, although I don’t always have that option. I was lucky enough that my last job had free scooter parking. What that really meant is only 2 of us ever scootered to work and we could park by the guard shack, so the guards would keep an eye on it.
I don’t trust crappy Kryptonite locks. I paid good money for a fancy lock from England.
Like all good city planners, Portland has been on the top of my travel list for a while now. Smart Park is the city’s parking system. They can “accomodate your bike [motorcycle] for only $30 per month.” Compare that to the lowest listed car rate: $100 per month. (Source: http://www.portlandonline.com/smartpark/index.cfm?c=35511&a=113934)
They recently created a “Motorcycle and Scooter Citizen Advisory Committee” which will cover topics like safety, parking, and education with speakers, data, and discussion. That and more can be found at their site: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=40219. Their interactive google map could be better (I assume the red dots are number of spaces) but it’s wonderful to see all this attention paid to non-car modes of travel. Their “Office of Transportation” lists every option you can think of, and probably a few you hadn’t.
This is an old Honda scooter ad. Chicago has scooter parking regulations. Scooters in the city of Chicago are prohibited from parking on the sidewalk, as well as bicycle racks. But Chicago didn’t stop there… they have a brochure explaining parking, as well as paying!
I’m gonna be honest, today I’m feeling lazy. (Translation: I have too much other stuff to do.) So I’m just gonna quote the recent scooter parking article in Columbus Alive (shown in italics)…
“Columbus City Councilwoman Maryellen O’Shaughnessy agrees that the city needs to examine scooter parking.” Yay! Support from a politician, this is key.
“What if you had one parking space [on city lots] that was allotted for scooters?” asked O’Shaughnessy, who often rides to work on a moped. “You could get quite a few in there. There are other cities that are doing this. What we need to do is study how they are accommodated in other cities.”
Read the full article at: http://www.columbusalive.com/?sec=living&story=alive/2007/1018/l-cylinder.html
As you may or may not know, I’m trying to get scooter parking here in Columbus. Several of us are volunteering our time* to learn what other cities do, and we hope to put together a “best practices guide” that will show Columbus examples to follow. (I know, I know, wouldn’t it be great if we just did our own thing without copying others? Maybe someday.) So eventually that guide will go to City of Columbus Transportation engineers, although of course it will be useful for other municipalities, here in Central Ohio and beyond. Leave a comment if you’d like to help, you don’t have to be in Columbus, you just have to know how to google. 🙂
There’s a transportation focused blog (for Columbus) that had a short posting on scooter parking in San Francisco, one of our example cities. Good photos too. Go read it: http://xingcolumbus.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/motorcyclescooter-parking-contd/
* It’s really kind of sad that no group or company has put together a comprehensive guide. (Yes I’m looking at you, Piaggio and the Motorcycle Industry Council.) There is this group (http://www.ridetowork.org/) that has some information, but it’s not comprehensive and it’s a 501c4. This type of guide should already exist, so that we can focus on just getting a petition going and lobbying our politicians. Instead we also have to educate the traffic engineers.
Scooter parking is lacking here in Columbus, Ohio. Heck, even motorcycle parking is lacking. The exception would be OSU. CSCC also has some designated motorcycle parking, but it’s not as extensive as OSU’s. Last spring when I looked into CSCC parking they had not worked out the motorcycle parking permit (stickers) so it was all free.
On the other hand, OSU has maps, permits ($15 year round), and even two covered garages. The garages also have visitor motorcycle parking, complete with a meter you feed. A video about this is in the works, but for now, here’s a link! http://tp.osu.edu/maps/MotorcycleMap.pdf (Student car permit prices for one full year range from $75 – west campus only – to $556. Faculty and staff car permit prices range from $76 to $606.)
(Edited to add: Oh yea, forgot to mention… I wrote my recap of Scoot-A-Que. View it here. https://scooterfan.wordpress.com/scoot-a-que/)
I actually started this posting before the recent CU post. More proof that there’s work to be done! Unfortunately the news is not good http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9809
Personally I don’t like taking away parking spaces from bikes, even if I don’t see bikes parked in the racks. But our scooters are SO much more susceptible to theft than motorcycles, so many of us try to lock to something. They actually make parking racks specifically for scooters/motorcycles. Here’s just one example. Continue reading