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Moped parking: Portland

October 8, 2009
Tow-away zone

Park your cage here at your peril (Orin O’Neill photos)

While Portland is often lauded as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S., the climate for scooter and motorcycle riders is friendly as well, if these examples are any indication.

The Portland V.A. Medical Center is easy to find because it’s located on Veteran’s Hospital Road. And it’s easy to take your bike because the parking structure has tons of spaces for 2-wheelers.

Honda Metropolitan at the Portland V.A. Medical Center

As you can see, big cruisers outnumber scooters by a large margin. As you can also see, “MC” is stenciled on the pavement. This section is right next to the elevator. Parking is free for everyone. It is a hospital, after all.

Other motorcycle spaces

There are many more spots scattered throughout the garage’s otherwise unusable spaces. The big box behind the Ninja is a bicycle locker. As I said, Portland is super bicycle-friendly.

But that’s nothing compared to Portland International Airport. PDX has the best motorcycle parking in the universe!

Motorcycle parking at PDX

See how many spaces there are? Parking your motorcycle or scooter is free. It’s under cover. It’s free. It’s next to baggage claim. It’s free. You have 24/7 access to your bike. And it’s free.

Long-term motorcycle parking

Best of all, there’s no time limit. Did I mention it’s FREE?

This is a bit difficult for someone used to Sea-Tac, a place that never passes up an opportunity to charge $20 for something, to wrap the brain around. But then, PDX has won awards for its user-friendliness, being compact, close to town, and accessible by MAX.

Another example of how stuff just seems to work better here. Favicon

  1. October 8, 2009 6:11 pm


    Wow, lots of spaces for motorcycles and scooters. Did you mention how much the parking was?

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  2. October 9, 2009 8:18 am

    Everything that was wrong in Seattle is right in Portland. You will have to frown less, no easy feat, but one expects no less on reading all this praise for a new home. How much was the parking by the way? Those of us not in the VA socialized medicine trap get to pay to park at Baptist Hospital in Miami. And thats not covered by insurance.

  3. October 11, 2009 6:32 pm

    Maybe not everything, conchscooter, but a lot of things, for sure. However, this article in the Portland Mercury cautions against feeling too smug. It’s the smugness that makes Seattle so irritating…

  4. October 12, 2009 1:31 pm

    Oh, and I wanted to mention metered motorcycle spaces in downtown Portland on Washington Street between 5th & 6th Avenues…

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