This is a placeholder and outline for a rather broad article on parking, etiquette and legal considerations.
Parking at a Curb
Best practices for parking at curbs.
Subsection on parking at metered spaces.
Don't waste space
- If you're first in the bay then park on the very end
- If you're not the first then park right next to an existing bike or at the other end of the bay
- Leave just enough space to get back on the bike. Too big a gap means some joker will ram their bike into the gap you've left and you'll likely end up with scratches.
- Use the centre stand rather than the side stand. If you can't then consider getting a smaller bike
- Leave side panniers at home unless you really need them!
- Park straight and not at some jaunty angle
- Be very very careful, don't twist mirrors & don't scratch paint - show respect
- If you're always moving bikes consider getting up earlier!
- Also consider contacting your local council for more bike parking
- Park facing out into the road - the camber helps you park and the engine gets you away safely
- Always lock your bike - don't encourage thieves
- Always set off cautiously as one day you'll forget to remove that lock!
- If someone's left their gloves (or keys) on a bike then put them somewhere out of sight and write them a quick note. This doesn't apply everywhere - I do this in London but on the Greek islands everyone leaves their keys on the bike.
- If people are acting suspiciously around the bikes then call the police.
Parking in parking lots.
Parking in Garages
Other common parking scenarios
Last Updated Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:28 am