Monday, 3 June 2013

Parking Follow

Looks like the issue of preventing motorcycles and scooters from parking in the same territory as bicycles is univeral as this story below from The Moscow News illustrates. It is understandable that officials see two-wheeled vehicles differently than they do bikes. And it's great that they want to encourage cycling. But equating scooters to cars and the energy they consume and the space they take up in cities both when they're moving and parked seems shortsighted.

Motorbikes, scooters unauthorized to park in bike zones

by David Burghardt at 03/06/2013 11:20
Motorcycle and scooter owners in Moscow will be fined for parking in areas designated for bicycles, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing the capital's transportation department.
The department said motorcycles and scooters fall into the category of motor vehicles and therefore must follow the parking rules set out for cars.
The fine for parking a motorbike in an unauthorized zone is currently set at 1,500 rubles.
Moscow plans to create a bicycle infrastructure by 2016 to include a large network of at least 70 kilometers of bike routes, parking spaces for at least 17,000 bikes. This year the city will complete the construction of around 900 bicycle parking places.

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