Can motorcycles park anywhere? No. Motorcycles are just like any other type of motor vehicle for parking. This means even if you see other motorcycles parked in seemingly random locations throughout the city, they may violate Texas parking laws. To protect yourself and your right to compensation in the event of an accident, only park your motorcycle where you would park a car, truck, or SUV.
Can I Park My Motorcycle on the Sidewalk?
Many recently licensed motorcyclists may wonder whether they can park their motorcycles on a sidewalk. However, since regular motor vehicles cannot park on sidewalks, you should never park a motorcycle on the sidewalk. Texas laws prohibit motorcyclists from parking on sidewalks, crosswalks, bridges, intersections, between safety zones, or even on railroad tracks. It is illegal for motorcyclists to park their bikes anywhere where they may block access to the curb or ramps. Even though it may be tempting to park in a non-designated zone, you could face severe penalties, including a citation, if you do.
When Motorcycles Can Park in Disabled Spots
Motorcyclists should never park their bikes in handicap parking spots unless they have disabled license plates and a valid placard that can be secured to their motorcycle. You can never lend or share your handicap placard with other motorists or bikers. You can not park your bike in the striped zone near handicapped parking spaces either. This is because these areas are reserved for individuals who require wheelchair lifts.
Parking on the Street With Your Motorcycle
Motorcyclists, like other drivers, can park their motorcycles on the street with the rear wheel touching the curb. However, both wheels must be equally close to the curb like you would park any other motor vehicle.
Motorcycle Parking in Parking Lots
Certain parking lots will have designated parking zones for motorcycles. However, if the parking lot and question do not have these specialty zones, you should use a standard parking spot the way you would with a traditional motor vehicle. The same is true if you are parking in a parking garage.
Motorcycle Parking and Metered Parking
Metered parking spaces should be handled the same way whether you are operating an SUV, sedan, pick-up truck, or motorcycle. If you park in a metered parking spot without paying for parking, you could face a non-moving violation or even have your vehicle towed, depending on your driving record.