Where you find it
For urban scooter riders, the biggest issue is not traffic. It’s parking.
If I were trying to park a car, I’d have thought the owner of the Corvette a thoughtless jerk. But in this case, the ‘Vette owner has created two primo scooter parking spots. Alas, I had no riding buddy that day.
The unused half circles and triangles in many parking lots are ideal places to stash your scoot. Being able to make use of otherwise wasted space is one of the biggest advantages of scooter ownership. And I’ve always been of a mind that in cases like this, the stripes define 2-wheel parking spaces. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
At the grocery store, the cart corral was placed in a way that would prevent a car from using the space in front of it. But a scooter? A perfect fit. In fact, a guy walking across the parking lot told me he was going to suggest to the store manager that the space be officially designated as scooter parking. He told me he rides a Honda Helix.
The front of the GTS is well short of the end of the white line on the left, so it’s not sticking out any more than, say, a Chevy Suburban would. However, a gate that leads to a Dumpster is out of the picture to the right, and the GTS would be in the way if a garbage truck were coming to make a pickup. I was only going to be there a few minutes, and would happily have moved if asked. If you’re carrying a helmet, they’ll know who to ask.
Having a an off-street parking spot for your scoot is always nice.
While many would say this scooter is improperly parked, IronGrandDad tells me Oregon doesn’t address the issue, and apparently, neither does the City of Portland.