There's an eternal struggle between cars and motorcycles learning how to share the road and, more importantly, parking lots in a way that works well for all parties involved.
Twitter user and car-driver @GeorgeResch posted a photo of what he considers to be great motorcycle parking behavior, prompting a sprawling discussion of cycle-parking's best practices.
This is the most respectful and considerate motorcycle parking job I’ve ever seen https://t.co/EtLnmQVpGn— Tank.Sinatra (@Tank.Sinatra) 1556141437.0
@GeorgeResch thought cycles parking in the back of spaces was ideal, because you can see the spot is occupied before you start to pull in.
@GeorgeResch @drwave Sooo, I'm a motorcyclist, and forgive me if you were *not* serious and I'm just missing the jo… https://t.co/W5vJSh1FFR— JivaDeVoe (@JivaDeVoe) 1556151205.0
@JivaDeVoe @drwave I’m serious. A lot of times you pull up to what you think is a spot and there’s a motorcycle in… https://t.co/7tmoH8ev5i— Tank.Sinatra (@Tank.Sinatra) 1556151788.0
Others agreed with his line of thinking!
@GeorgeResch It also prevents people from thinking the space is empty, pulling in fast, and wrecking your bike👍— Jenn Carbone (@Jenn Carbone) 1556159508.0
@GeorgeResch Not all heroes wear capes.— Shannon (@Shannon) 1556190617.0
Some motorcyclists took note of the preference and shared their perspective as well:
@GeorgeResch @drwave Interesting! I shall pitch this idea to my fellow motorcyclists and see what their opinion is. ;)— JivaDeVoe (@JivaDeVoe) 1556151919.0
@GeorgeResch @drwave I mean, I actually DO care about how I park, and how people perceive it. I have had people tel… https://t.co/UN4IRFaOmd— JivaDeVoe (@JivaDeVoe) 1556151236.0
When a cyclist parks this way, it's actually not ideal for other motorcyclists.
@GeorgeResch @drwave It is not actually considerate to other motorcyclists though, who could share that space with him.— JivaDeVoe (@JivaDeVoe) 1556152015.0
@GeorgeResch @Hibiki_arts It's even better when there are 3 bikes in the same spot like that. Efficient! Of course… https://t.co/V0FJ6PeB88— W. D. Callahan II (@W. D. Callahan II) 1556198394.0
As long as they're not parked on the sidewalk, some people were chill with whatever.
@JivaDeVoe @GeorgeResch The issue in this picture is motorcycles that park deep in a space so you start to go in a… https://t.co/uLxXTWGykX— Michael B. Johnson (@Michael B. Johnson) 1556151826.0
@drwave @GeorgeResch Agreed, I think the people who suggest the sidewalk are just jerks. ;)— JivaDeVoe (@JivaDeVoe) 1556151879.0
@GeorgeResch @kalesalad Somebody buy this guy a beer— Jacob🧢 ⚡️ (@Jacob🧢 ⚡️) 1556143574.0
Other cyclists brought up some little-known problems, like kick-stands sinking into the asphalt.
Except for the fact that theres a decent chance the kickstand is gonna sink into the tar and either get stuck or ma… https://t.co/Zgp5nfXst3— ℭ𝔞𝔰𝔢𝔶 🦇 (@ℭ𝔞𝔰𝔢𝔶 🦇) 1556144375.0
There were lots of other great options that hadn't even been considered!
@GeorgeResch Would be great if we just created dedicated parking spaces like they do in other countries. 🤷🏽♀️— torie horton (@torie horton) 1556162382.0
@GeorgeResch Back your bike into the parking stall, walk it ahead so your front tire is slightly behind the adjacen… https://t.co/qAEKdumPri— Easter Worshipper. AB 🇨🇦 (@Easter Worshipper. AB 🇨🇦) 1556196720.0
@GeorgeResch At my school they park where the stripped line spaces are. Our campus police don’t seem to mind— Kyla🦋🔜EDC LV 2020🌻 (@Kyla🦋🔜EDC LV 2020🌻) 1556165065.0
Of course, the real question was...what kind of motorcycle is that?
@GeorgeResch @kalesalad I need to know what kind of motorcycle this is 😍— Sophia Vetro (@Sophia Vetro) 1556144623.0
@sophiavetro @GeorgeResch @kalesalad ~2007ish gsxr— Filip Adamowicz (@Filip Adamowicz) 1556149964.0
@sophiavetro @GeorgeResch @kalesalad Actually I was wrong - 2004/5 gsxr— Filip Adamowicz (@Filip Adamowicz) 1556150459.0
Thanks for being respectful and working this out amongst yourselves, drivers! If we work together, we can solve any problem...especially those concerning parking etiquette.
@adamowicz_filip @GeorgeResch @kalesalad thank you!!!— Sophia Vetro (@Sophia Vetro) 1556150049.0