My comments on motorcycle parking and lost P and D receipts caught a little attention. Read it here:
My comment is no parking is free, no matter how small. If you want to use parking as a vehicle of social change (free parking for motorcycles so more will ride motorcycles and use less gas) so be it. However it seldom works. What works is greed and the free market.
If you want people to buy a hybrid, wait until gas hits $3 a gallon and you will see the sales skyrocket (as is happening now.) If you want to keep cars out of downtown, raise the price of parking so people will think twice about car pooling, or taking the bus, or walking the two blocks from their house to the store.
I think motorcycles should pay less to park, because they take us less space. But that doesn’t mean they should ride for free. Hell, some motorcycles cost more than my car and are so tricked out that with a couple of liner feet of steel they would be a car. They take the space, they should pay for that space.
And, I still say that simply telling motorcycle riders to pay for their parking at the P and D and then take the receipt with them. If they see the parking officer, show him the receipt. If they don’t and get a ticket, send the receipt along with the ticket and if the timing checks out, it will be voided. What’s the big deal? My guess is that only about 10% of the motorcycles will be ticketed anyway. Or, Then there’s Tom DeVito’s solution mentioned at the blog entry. Seems as elegant as any at this point, and pretty cheap. Solves the problem for convertables, too.