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So, I've always seen bikes parking in random spots, especially in the crossed lines of handicap zones and the like. Does anyone know the legalities on this one?
 

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I'm not too sure about the official legalities, but bikes are so small when compared to cars, that as long as they don't get in the way, nobody will care. I've seen people park in the handicapped lines, in spaces reserved for shopping carts, on sidewalks, you name it. Try doing that with a cage! Even if it is technically illegal, as long as you park it where it doesn't get in anyone's way you'll be fine.
 

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I tend to park up front at most stores as well, even on the elevated sidewalks :D I do my best to keep from parking in actual parking spaces because if a car doesn't seem me riding in the middle of a highway he isn't going to see my baby sitting in the parking space he wants. I haven't found any places that really care if you park in odd places, like was stated earlier, just stay outta the way.

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I don't think it's cool to park in the stripes next to handi-spots because they're usually for people restricted to wheelchairs so they can roll up next to their car or for vans with ramps or lifts. The rest if fair game as far as I'm concerned, but you need to know that you can get a ticket for parking in an "undesignated area".

I've had a security guard come looking for me to tell me to move my bike and I even got a ticket once for parking on a sidewalk, not even a city owned sidewalk. It was a double-wide sidewalk, running through a movie theater parking lot. I was completely out of the way, beneath a low-hanging sign where no one could walk anyway, except maybe a midget; sorry; little person. It doesn't matter. As far as the law is concerned, a bike is a motor vehicle and is subject to the same rules so it's just as illegal as if you park your car up on the sidewalk. All it takes is for someone to get the red-ass and the party's over.

It's all good though. I look at it sort of like speeding tickets...If I had the option to voluntarily pay an additional “fee” that would allow me to drive faster than the posted speed limit, I’d be all over it. Same goes for parking. I’m still coming out ahead as far as I’m concerned.
 

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I agree with Humanzee on the Handicaped parking spots. Even though I have had a few Temporarty Handicaped cards, I could carry on my cage, I would try to find a normal parking spot for my cage. Some of these people have trouble making it down the street. Personally I found in 20 days of not having my cage it was one heck of a chore walking into town, paying bills, obtaining food products I would put in a rucksack & hiking it back home with my injuried left ankle, left hip & both knees, to were each time was pure agony for a day plus.

Also if you are parked in a stipped or yellow part & your m/c is hit, then the cage driver or whatever is NOT responsible for you were parked in an illegal spot.
 

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I've parked everywhere and have just settled on parking in a parking spot. Most of the time I get some rent-a-cop chasing me down asking me to move or my bike will be towed. So fawk'em...I just got tired of moving my bike. I don't mind burning an entire parking space with my bike. When I'm alone parking in a spot, I usually park in the middle and towards the entrance of the space, for visiability reasons.:2cents:

Great topic though!!
 

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I got a warning once for parking my bike in the striped handicap parking. The guy said it was still considered handicaped parking. This was at a univeristy though, so I doubt a cop would accualy care about it in the streets.
 

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This is semi-related to car parking spaces. My college campus has motocycle spaces which I park in but other bikers tend to box me in on ocasion. Is their some sort of edicut for motorcycle spaces that either me or they are missing? I usually try to park as far into the space as possible and if there are a good number of other bikes I try to park close to the other bikes but still leaving space for them to get out. But then people will pull in and park parallel perpindicularly to my rear tire essentially blocking me in completly. This forces me to ride over the curb infront of me and off on the other side to get out. Am I doing something wrong or are they just being asses?

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Before I was into bikes, I saw the same thing happen at my college. Some people would park their bikes perpendicular to the curb, kinda like cars. But there would be others who, since the parking space is pretty big, would park their bikes in front of the others and parallel to the curb. Not sure if this is the reason, but it always struck me as though the ones blocking everyone else are placing their bikes almost as if to show them off. It reminded me of the way fancy cars were parked inside dealership showrooms. So I think they are simply being selfish and neglecting to think about the others.
 

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I don't own a bike, but at the local Walmart (one of 20) there's a guy who always parks on the sidewalk in a corner and apparently he hasn't been busted.

Also, at my school the parking spots are angled, so the bikers (all 3 of them) always park in the little triangles that are formed between the lines and the curbs.
 
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