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A motorcycle’s ease of use and speed is one of its greatest assets. Many people choose to ride a motorcycle for their primary mode of transportation.
There are some rules that motorcycles must follow, but they are not always clear. The same goes for parking. Although parking a motorcycle is easier than parking a vehicle, it can be difficult to find the right legal guidelines and rules for motorcycle parking.
How many motorcycles are allowed to legally park in one space? Many states don’t provide any guidance on how many motorcycles you can legally park in one parking space. Two motorcycles can be parked in one space, which is acceptable in most cases. Any more than this can lead to congestion and may pose a danger for both the motorcycles and the cars around them.
With that being said, there’s a lot more to double parking motorcycles in a single spot than simply just pulling in and calling it good. Respect other drivers and do it correctly.
How to legally park multiple motorcycles in one space
As a motorcycle rider myself, it’s such a relief knowing that if the other motorcyclists is okay with it, that I can share a parking spot with them.
Motorbikes must follow all traffic rules, including parking. Sharing a spot with another motorcycle to park is an exception. It saves space and leaves a spot for someone driving a car.
If you plan on double parking your motorcycles, there are a few things you need to do to make sure your motorcycle isn’t harmed and to ensure the other vehicles around aren’t harmed either. First, make sure that there’s enough room for you to even park in the same space as another motorcyclists. Parking spots may be wider than others.
It should not be difficult to park two motorcycles together if you’re riding with another motorcycle enthusiast. It is important that both you and your fellow motorcycle enthusiast have enough space to safely dismount and mount your motorcycles.
Assess the situation if you come across a parking spot already taken up by another motorcycle in which you don’t know the owner. Most motorcycle drivers don’t mind you parking your motorcycle next to theirs as long as you are courteous with how you park.
If the first motorcycle is parked to the side of the parking stall, that likely indicates they’re inviting another motorcyclists to park next to them. If they’re parked right in the middle of the stall, they probably don’t want another motorcycle next to theirs; you can’t park your bike next to another one parked like that anyway due to lack of space.
If you park your motorcycle next to a stranger’s, again, make sure you leave enough room for both of you to remount your motorcycles and pull away without harm to your bikes. Also be mindful of the cars parked around you and make sure you aren’t blocking them from properly operating their vehicles.
The benefits of multiple motorcycles in one spot
Surprisingly there are several benefits to parking two motorbikes in one spot. These benefits are not only for you and the other rider of your motorcycle, but also for everyone in the parking lot.
Motorcyclists who take up whole parking spots are a cause for concern for car drivers. Motorcyclists who park on sidewalks or on stripes lines can cause car drivers to be furious. Car drivers will be mad no matter what. They don’t understand that a motorcycle parked in a regular parking spot is actually perfectly legal. It can be scary when someone gets a bit of road rage because you don’t know was rash actions they’ll take.
The first benefit of parking two motorcycles in one spot is that you’re less likely to make other drivers mad. Usually when they see two bikes in one parking stall, they’re less likely to get angry like they would with one small motorcycle because it’s “taking up so much space.”
Two motorcycles in one spot makes you and your other motorcycle easier to spot for other drivers looking for a spot. Motorcycle riders worry about parking in a standard spot. This is because unsuspecting drivers often pull in too fast, not noticing their bike, and then run in to it. With two motorcycles, this is less likely.
Some motorcycle riders think, for some reason, that it’s okay to park in striped areas and the sidewalk of big business parking lots. Not only is this illegal, but it’s completely inconsiderate. By parking in a normal spot, you can avoid a ticket and prevent pedestrians from crossing your path.
Know the rules of metered parking
If you have metered parking, the rules that apply to multiple motorcycles are no longer applicable. Metered parking is an entirely different situation. Authorities are more strict in enforcing rules and giving tickets if necessary.
Most cases allow two motorcycles to be parked in the same spot in a paid or metered lot. You can verify this by speaking to the parking attendant. However, You cannot assume that a motorcycle paid for a full spot in a garage that they can park next to you for free. There’s a lot that can go wrong in this situation and here’s why.
Revenue from paid and metered parking is based on how many vehicles park in a given space, and not how many. Every vehicle that enters a paid parking or metered lot must pay to park there, even if you think you’re saving space. You will be cited if you park next to another motorbike in a parking space that is paid.
This is especially dangerous to do if you park your motorcycle next to a stranger’s motorcycle. What would you think if you paid full price for a parking space for your motorcycle, and another motorcyclist parked right next to you? I would be very frustrated.
If you expect to freely park by another motorcycle that’s already paid to park, you also run the risk of Both There is a possibility that you will be issued a ticket. Most metered and paid parking lots have a way of tracking license plates so they know who’s paid, but not all of them do. In the case where an authority figure doesn’t know which motorcycle paid for the spot, both motorcycles will get a ticket.
In short, if you’re going to share a paid parking spot with another motorcyclists, you can do so as long as you both pay the full fee to park there. Curbside metering may not allow two payees for the same spot, so in this case you will have to have separate parking spots so you don’t get a ticket.
Additional Motorcycle Parking Rules
Aside from knowing the legal amount of motorcycles that can park in a single parking spot, there are some other parking rules you should be aware of while you’re at it.
It is against the law to park a motorcycle anywhere on a sidewalk. You’ll probably see some motorcycles parked on the sidewalk right up next to a business. This is something that many people do, but it can lead to a lot more traffic and even get them ticketed.
It is also illegal to park your motorcycle in striped parking spaces. Many striped areas can be used for handicap accessibility. Some motorcyclists don’t realize how much space a person with handicap plates (and who may be in a wheelchair) need to get around safely. These areas are difficult for people with disabilities and their accessibility.
You can ride around the parking lot for a while before you decide to park in a regular spot. A lot of businesses have these and they’re usually right up by the entrance. Please click here for our complete article on motorcycle parking.
How can you keep a motorcycle parked in a garage safe? There are several ways to protect a motorcycle from both the elements and from getting stolen while it’s parked. You can protect your motorcycle with quality covers, locks that stop the motorcycle moving, and alarms for the motorcycle that sound loud when someone is tampering with it.
What do you do if your bike is stolen? Report your motorcycle stolen to the police. Also, inform your insurance company. You can search online for information to find out if anyone is selling it. For more information, click here.