Motorcycle Parking – Do’s & Don’ts


Motorcycle Parking Do

  • In Vancouver:
    • Motorcycles can park for free where indicated by city signage;
    • Motorcycles parked in designated metered spots pay a discounted meter rate;
    • Motorcycles parked in non-designated metered spots pay 50% using PaybyPhone (where available)
    • Motorcycles can share metered spots or parking stalls – as many as can fit within the lines.
      • Payment by coin at the meter covers all motorcycles parked therein
      • PaybyPhone covers one bike only.
    • Regulations vary from place to place; Burnaby permits only 3 motorcycles to share a spot.


Motorcycle Parking Don't

  • Unless otherwise signed, Vancouver By-Law (No. 2849) makes it illegal to stop or park:
    • on a crosswalk AND
    • within 6 metres of either side of a crosswalk
    • on a sidewalk or sidewalk crossing
    • on a boulevard, traffic island or traffic circle


  • Motorcycle ParkingBikes don’t have Reverse lights; using your turn signals while backing up will inform traffic behind you of your intention to park;
    • Shutting off your Engine Run/Stop Switch while reversing will prevent your bike from escaping if your foot slips or you lose the clutch; you can leave your key on so you can continue using your signals;
  • Bikes don’t have E-Brakes/Parking Brakes; parking in 1st gear will prevent your bike from rolling if you are parked on a hill, or even if your bike gets jostled while parked on flat ground;
  • You can shift gears while the bike is off
    • It is Not Necessary:
      • To mount the bike in order to change gears if the engine is off;
      • To use the clutch to shift gears if the engine is off;
      • To turn the key on to shift gears;
    • It may be necessary to roll the bike while shifting in order to release pressure on the shifter while the bike is stationary
  • Turning your wheel left is generally a more stable stance when parked;
  • Make certain your side stand is resting on something solid — hot asphalt on a warm day may not be sturdy enough to support your bike;
  • A motorcycle seat is generally not a great place to store your helmet – if it falls, it may end up needing to be replaced;

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