Hoboken Scooter & Motorcycle parking
HPU says Scooters need permits too
Spotted these two Hoboken Parking Utility employees along 10th Street the other day – they were checking out the vehicle in front of the scooter, and they said that those scooters also need parking permits. However, as Hoboken411 reader KB said in the comments section – they cannot use the RFID benefits of the sticker, because riders are told to “just hang on to the permit” and they call the plates in manually to check for valid permit status.
There has to be a way to require all vehicles to have an RFID sticker – even if it’s not visible on the exterior.
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What’s the deal with motorized bikes?
Hoboken411 has received many emails from various residents wondering about scooters and motorcycles in town. While I certainly don’t have a problem with them, many have complained about how they take up the same room as a regular parking spot, are parked illegally, or don’t have any kind of visible parking permit.
While Hoboken City Code doesn’t have specific wording about scooters or motorcycles and parking permits – it does say that all “motor vehicles” require parking permits, and so on. And since scooters and motorcycles are licensed vehicles, one would assume they fall under that code.
What about permits? Or special parking zones?
I thought about how permits would be handled for bikes like these – because in order to adhere it to the wind-screen or elsewhere visibly on the bike, they’d immediately be susceptible to theft. So where would one stick it? In a storage compartment? That’d be easily picked up by the RFID scanners the HPU uses to verify permit possession. Then again, we all know the HPU still boots cars with stickers in plain sight, so it’s essentially a moot point.
What about special parking zones on each street just for scooters and motorcycles? Perhaps a spot about 1/2 or 2/3rd’s the size of a standard spot – make it “motorcycle and scooter parking only,” with lines painted appropriately. Heck, you could even put them nearer to intersections, since they don’t block the view (as much as giant SUV’s, etc.)
Again, I have no issue with our two-wheeled cousins, but some residents do – so what changes (if any) would you make?