August 24, 2010
Park Your Scooter by the Month?
Since the City of Portland introduced SmartMeters (pay stations) for on-street parking several years ago, one of the ongoing complaints is that you can't securely attach the sticker to a motorcycle or scooter. Someone can easily come along and steal your sticker.
PBOT now has an answer, a monthly permit you can buy in lieu of using the meters.
You're still restricted by the maximum time limit in the zone, but for $40 per month you can park all you want.
My question: is $40 a good price for this? How often would you need to park your scooter or hog to make it worthwhile?
August 24, 2010 10:05 PM
I doubt people will be lining up to buy the new passes at that price.
For comparison--commuting Mon-Fri by scooter, I paid about $30 per month in gas. Insurance is less than $15 per month.
August 24, 2010 10:18 PM
I would LOVE a monthly parking pass option for my scooter, but this is not it. Way too expensive for what it is.
August 25, 2010 9:44 AM
I can park my scooter at Smart Park garages for $30 a month. I see no reason to have this pass. I've never had a sticker removed from my scooter, either.
August 25, 2010 2:19 PM
Jay R. Says:
You're also wrong in your statement that it's "all you want".
"The permit is ideal for the rider who comes downtown two to three times per week and parks two to three hours at a time, “or about six hours of total parking per week,” said PBOT spokeswoman Cheryl Kuck.
At $1.60 per hour, that’s $38.60 per month.
Parking enforcement officers will use their handheld computers to keep track of permit numbers. Riders caught abusing their permit by parking extra hours will be banned from the program, Kuck said. "