The City of Toronto is working towards charging motorcycles for parking, while simultaneously trying to find ways of reducing traffic congestion. If rejecting hypocrisy is your thing, have a look at how I avoided paying for parking while working downtown, in the summer of 2013.
April 19, 2013 – the day I started hiding under the Gardiner
May 8, 2013 – hiding among the bixi bikes behind a construction zone
May 9, 2013 – in case anyone’s concerned that I was blocking too much sidewalk space…
May 16, 2013 – parking on the Harbourfront
May 17, 2013 – still hiding under the gardiner
June 5, 2013
June 7, 2013
For my next three jobs I would be fortunate enough to work in places outside of the core, with parking lots just steps away from the entrance/exit. From my present office I can remote start my car in the dead of winter, or check on my bike from the window throughout the day. A lot changes in three years. Hopefully the City of Toronto will get it’s act together.
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Nice one – I don’t typically ride my bike into the city for just this reason – PARKING! I have been “discriminated” against for parking my 650 V-strom on a sidewalk (near the ACC) next to numerous other motorcycles…. I was told by a building security person that the other bikes where scooters and that I was not allowed parking there. I could not see any sign stating what can and cannot be parked, nor could I understand what the difference between my bike and a Suzuki Burgman would be! Nor could he…. but still I had to move!
The other aspect of parking a bike, is at the GO Station – nicely redeveloped with multi-storey car parks and not ONE dedicated motorcycle parking spot, but they urge you to carpool to the station.