By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After suddenly ticketing scooters and motorcycles on sidewalks last year (see related story), Philadelphia Parking Authority promised to add additional scooter and motorcycle parking in the city (see related story). So why hasn’t that happened yet?
Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla says last year, when scooter and motorcycles suddenly began getting ticketed by the PPA for sidewalk parking, those who ride scooters and motorcycles complained there wasn’t enough parking for two-wheeled vehicles to accommodate all those who need to park in the city.
And when the PPA asked scooters and motorcyclists to park in spots reserved for cars, Squilla says they had some legitimate complaints, “A lot of the scooter people had concerns of being able to lock them up and have places where they can be secure so that either cars can’t hit them or people can’t steal them. So, the Parking Authority decided instead of doing a legislation to enable people to park in different spots, they wanted to do a pilot program first to study the use of scooters and also the areas where actually they could use more parking.”
The pilot program starts this month. Councilman Squilla says the PPA will be collecting data about parking, and will address scooter and motorcycle needs after collecting about 6 months worth of data.