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Question about parking.

I see people park bikes in the yellow striped zone in parking lots near the front of the lot or on sidewalks.. can anyone tell me how legal that is and if I could get a ticket?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-04-2004, 12:47 AM
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I thought their purpose is for unloading/loading of handicapped passengers/drivers/equipment since the yellow zones are usually next to handicapped spaces.

As for me, I park in these yellow unloading zones ALL the time. I've never been ticketed.
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I'm not to sure, but can say I never got a ticket....YET! The only thing that was strange was that a buddy and I parked basically in the same area once at the mall and he got a ticket and I didn't. We never did understand that one. Maybe because I was on a HONDA and he was on a YAMAHAHAHAHA

I always wondered the same thing though to if it was legal or not I guess I just keep taking my chances until told otherwise


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What about parking on the sidewalk? Anyone know if this is legal in the city or 'burbs?

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I think unless you come across a cop that has a chip on his shoulder because some sportbike ran from him earlier that morning, because motorcycles are so small, I don't see it being a problem.
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I know around here you can not park or block a sidewalk even if it is part of your driveway, so I would assume that parking on a sidewalk would be illegal.


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Parking regulations for bikes are the same as for cars.

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Well, you register a motorcycle just like you register a car. You obey the same traffic laws on your bike that you do in your car. What makes you think you can park anywhere different on your bike than you can in your car?? Yellow stripped lines usually mean no parking, so don't park there. You want the same respect on the road on a bike as in your car, well provide the same respect in return. It's a two way street..

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wow touchy. i'll still park there until cop tells otherwise.


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wow touchy. i'll still park there until cop tells otherwise.
Well, that's cool... I'll just keep selling drugs and screwing prostitutes and speeding in school/work zones until the cops tell me otherwise.

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You want the same respect on the road on a bike as in your car, well provide the same respect in return. It's a two way street..

So you give respect when the front wheel goes up in traffic??

I don't see the problem with parking in the yellow lines. I DON'T park in the handicap section of the lines. Usually there are seperate lines at the front that have nothing to do with the HandiCap section.


Simple question with simple answer as Dave posted. Yes it is illegal.


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What about parking on the sidewalk? Anyone know if this is legal in the city or 'burbs?

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I had a good time with this. When I was at DePaul, I would ride down to the loop campus and park right on the sidewalk not to far from the bike racks. One time I walked out with 5 or so tickets on the bike, but let's just say that they had the wrong info and the tickets didn't mean much. After about the 5th time the security guard from the building came out and told me that my bike would be towed if I parked it there once more. Just nodded, smiled, and pulled away. So I didn't park there for the last 2 weeks of school
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Well, you register a motorcycle just like you register a car. You obey the same traffic laws on your bike that you do in your car. What makes you think you can park anywhere different on your bike than you can in your car?? Yellow stripped lines usually mean no parking, so don't park there. You want the same respect on the road on a bike as in your car, well provide the same respect in return. It's a two way street..
Oh and as for the striped areas...I look to see if they're in anyone's way. Generally it's far enough from the handicap spot or I park it closer to a light post which wouldn't be in the way anyway. Woodfield is best...some spots they have there's a few feet at the the end of the parking sign and the curb and I can fit nicely in there. It's not in anyone's way completely. If someone has a hard time with bikes parking in those spaces then they need to chill and remove the pole from the ass. Who cares? Seriously who cares? Life is not coming to an end because I parked my bike out of whack. But I did save an open spot somewhere else for a car that can't fit where I'm standing. At CLC that's where all the bikes park. When I went there, I'd see 20 or 30 bikes standing in that striped zone (not adjacent to any handicap spots), and no one complained. So if I walk out and there's a ticket on my bike...well for those that don't know the drill. You wipe your ass with the ticket and mail it in. There's my payment and you can keep the tip.
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So you give respect when the front wheel goes up in traffic??
No, but I don't expect or assume special tratment by parking my bike in illegal places. But if I did, and got a ticket, it would be totally acceptable, and you wouldn't see me ranting about it here. It's the law.

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Well, that's cool... I'll just keep selling drugs and screwing prostitutes and speeding in school/work zones until the cops tell me otherwise.
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Here's an interesting one: Scooters are allowed to park on the sidewalk, although for the most part, they have to obey the same traffic laws (but they're not allowed on the highway). Interesting!
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There are some states where bikes can park in yellow striped areas. For example, IN TX you can park in those striped areas at the end of parking rows (say like, at the mall or at the grocery store). And there are places where it's legal to park ONE bike in that handicapped striped area. We can do it here, as far as I know. But I won't do it because meter maids are angry pains in the ass.
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I don't see the problem with parking in the yellow lines. I DON'T park in the handicap section of the lines. Usually there are seperate lines at the front that have nothing to do with the HandiCap section.
Actually you are mistakin. The yellow stripped area IS for handicapped parking. What that is used for is (EXAMPLE) the kids that are confined to wheelchairs or quadrapalegics & such for the lowering of the side ramps.

Here in the office complex a couple of bikes USED to park in that area stripped zone. after the $200 tickets were issued; they pak there no more. It is considered part of the handicap space.

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Actually you are mistakin. The yellow stripped area IS for handicapped parking. What that is used for is (EXAMPLE) the kids that are confined to wheelchairs or quadrapalegics & such for the lowering of the side ramps.

Here in the office complex a couple of bikes USED to park in that area stripped zone. after the $200 tickets were issued; they pak there no more. It is considered part of the handicap space.
Around here the handicapped spots are blue so we park in the yellow end areas all the time and no one seems to care.

But that does not make it legal

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No, but I don't expect or assume special tratment by parking my bike in illegal places. But if I did, and got a ticket, it would be totally acceptable, and you wouldn't see me ranting about it here. It's the law.
I never said I expected special treatment either for having a bike and also I don't see anyone ranting about a ticket or parking in the spaces. The question was asked and I posted what I do and thought.


No ranting here about it.


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An officer told me the other day as I was leaving work, "You know you're not supposed to park on the sidewalk, right?"

It's the sidewalk outside the store I work at. The store owner told me I shoulda said "It's private property, now beat it"

I just like being able to keep an eye on my bike, so noone backs over it, or goes flying into a parking space and runs it over..
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An officer told me the other day as I was leaving work, "You know you're not supposed to park on the sidewalk, right?"

It's the sidewalk outside the store I work at. The store owner told me I shoulda said "It's private property, now beat it"

I just like being able to keep an eye on my bike, so noone backs over it, or goes flying into a parking space and runs it over..
I always park my bike on the sidewalk in front of my (use to be mine) shop. It's private property and if the Schaumburg PD wants to get their discount, they better not hassle me. Other wise, I always park legally. In Canada there is a law, called "King's Road" basically states, police have no authority on private lands or road ways. So if you want to wheelie in a parking lot the police cannot do a thing.

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I'm not sure that sidewalks are always private property. It depends on the location of the sidewalk. You should probably check this out before making parking decisions. If the sidewalk is city property, then local ordinances probably do apply.

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I'm not sure that sidewalks are always private property. It depends on the location of the sidewalk. You should probably check this out before making parking decisions. If the sidewalk is city property, then local ordinances probably do apply.

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yep, my old gym was this way. parking out front on the sidewalk was motorcycle row, till they all got ticketed one day and police informed them that it would continue if the parking continues. really a bummer.

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