Starting today, permits will be required to park a scooter, moped or motorcycle in one of the 23 non-metered corrals designated last year by city transportation officials faced with increased use of two-wheeled motorized transport.
“The annual permit fee will offset our costs for signage, pavement markings and maintenance,” Randy Bowman, administrator of the division of mobility options, said last week in a release.
Annual permits for the two-wheel areas will cost $50. They're available at the Parking Violations Bureau, 400 W. Whittier St., which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Fifty-six have been purchased since they went on sale March 16, said Mary Carran Webster, the city's assistant director of public service.
The 23 corrals designated in Downtown, the Short North and Brewery District accommodate about 267 two-wheeled vehicles. In coming months, the city will scout unused spaces that could be transformed into additional parking spots.
"Everybody has been excited that they have these places to park," Webster said.
Originally, riders were concerned that stickers would damage a bike's paint job, but the city has created a permit that can hang from the bike or be attached to the fork. Others think the city should've considered postponing the permit process until residents were more familiar with the corrals.
"I think that they are implementing the permit process too quickly for a new idea," said Josh Quinn, who co-owns the Tiger Tree boutique and often rides a Royal Enfield motorcycle around urban neighborhoods. "I don't mind having a city program asking for compensation, but the public isn't well informed enough about it yet."
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