Motorcycles and scooters are becoming increasingly popular and one of the reasons is they’re easy to park. More designated motorcycle parking spots have cropped up around metropolitan areas but some riders will still try to fit their vehicles into any nook they can find (never mind the legalities around that). But if a motorcycle or scooter parks you in, is it okay to move it?
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I’ve seen cars being wedged between two motorcycles, parked so tightly in that there was no way it would be able to get out of the space without knocking one of the bikes over. There are also times when I use one of the Motorcycle Only parking bays and another bike has parked so close to me that I’m unable to leave.
I generally wait for someone to come back and move their vehicle, however frustrating that may be. Sure, I could shift the offending bike into neutral, roll it forward, move my motorcycle out and then wheel the other one back in again. But my belief is you shouldn’t move someone else’s motorbike without their express permission.
I remember how mortified I was when I found out that my neighbours had lifted (yes, lifted) up my motorcycle and moved it out of the way because they wanted to use my back gate. Not once, not twice, but three times. I know that motorcycles are built to be robust and durable, but I couldn’t shake off the feeling of discomfort when I found about it.
Admittedly, I’m a bit precious about my motorcycle, but I’m curious about how other people feel about this issue. Are you a frustrated car driver sick of being parked in? Would you not hesitate to move somebody else’s motorcycle when they’re in the way of your own? Let us know in the comments.