Moped parking: Portland
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.