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Creative Downtown Toronto Motorcycle Parking

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

Downtown Toronto motorcyle parking under the Gardiner Expressway

May 8, 2013 – hiding among the bixi bikes behind a construction zone

Downtown Toronto Motorcycle parking with the bixi bikes

May 9, 2013 – in case anyone’s concerned that I was blocking too much sidewalk space…

Downtown Toronto Motorcycle Parking on the sidewalk

May 16, 2013 – parking on the Harbourfront

Downtown Toronto Motorcycle parking on the Harbourfront

May 17, 2013 – still hiding under the gardiner

Downtown Toronto motorcycle parking

June 5, 2013

Downtown Toronto motorcycle parking behind a parking lot

June 7, 2013

Downtown Toronto motorcycle parking under the Gardiner

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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About Adrian

Adrian is the YouMotorcycle Editor. He never planned on becoming a blogger, but liked the idea of sharing his passion and encouraging others to get out and ride. He believes that anyone thinking about buying a motorcycle should hurry up and buy one, and that everyone who already owns a motorcycles should ride more. He likes V-Twins, scooters, and breaking social norms. He occasionally wears a suit and high-top sneakers when he rides to work. Sometimes he takes out his tools and everything goes from bad to worse. Sometimes everything just falls into his lap. Whatever the case he stays grateful and always tries to learn. If you feel motorcycling is a lifestyle, follow him via social media.

One comment

  1. 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.

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