Where can scooters park?

by Beth
(Tonawanda, NY, Erie Co.)

I have a 150cc Scooter. In a mall or shopping center, is it OK to park near the doors? Are there any restricted areas for scooter parking? Parking Ramps?

Answer: Beth, others may chime in here, but I imagine the answer to this question may depend on regulations where you live and drive. Some cities are so scooter-friendly, they offer scooter-only parking spaces. For instance, where my daughter works, at the worldwide headquarters of Whole Foods in Austin, TX, there are quite a few designated scooter spaces.

But I've never seen anything like that here in my hometown of Boise, ID, even though this area is very 2-wheel friendly. I've parked near doors at stores and malls, as well as in those weird triangle spaces covered by yellow slash lines at the end of parking lot rows.

So far, no one has ticketed me. I saw other motorcycles and scooters parked in those spaces, so figured I was OK to do it too. But your area could be different.

One thing is for sure, scooters can fit in a lot of small spaces where other vehicles cannot. As long as you're not obstructing traffic or pedestrian passage, you may be just fine.

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