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Solo Motorbike Parking Bays

Solo Motorbike Parking Bays

Motorbike are termed Solo principally to deter 3 wheelers parking there.  Across London more and more bays have a security device of some sort.  Note some London Boroughs are charging for bays and some have bays restricted to residents only.  Watch the signs or use the map in this site.   Some bays are on red routes and these have overnight stay restrictions.

Pavement Parking

Pavement Parking

It is an offence to park on a pavement or verge in London unless you have been given permission by a policemen (in uniform, in an emergency or where loading/unloading cannot be carried out satisfactorily anywhere else. Plus it is an offence for any bike to block a public right of way. The main reason they would ticket you is for blocking the right of way. So where a barrier/fence prevents pedestrian access, parking is more likely to be acceptable. Warning: it is illegal to drive on any footway. If in doubt, push your bike across

Pay and Display

Pay and Display

Limited in its use for bikes, as the ticket can be easily removed. If you have no other option it might be useful to write "motorcycle" on the ticket plus your license plate number. Some councils provide an option to park free between the lines as long as you do not obstruct the bay from being occupied by a car. There are quite a few councils that provide free parking in Pay & Display, check on Borough map view.

Meters

Meters

All councils are planning the eventual replacement of meters with Pay & Display Ticketing. Sharing a meter with another vehicle is still possible as it is difficult to prove who paid for the meter. If you do want to share a meter bay be aware of the following issues:

  • The car user (payee) can remove the bike from the bay
  • If the meter runs out both/all vehicles are liable for a penalty
  • If another vehicle parks in the same bay and tops up the meter, you could be liable for meter feeding
Parking for Bikes Launch

Parking for Bikes Launch

Shared Use Bays

Shared Use Bays

A Shared Use bay is a mix between residents parking and pay and display. Time restrictions that apply will be detailed on a plate and the ticket machine. The concessions typically match the regulation imposed by the council for Pay & Display & residents parking. However, there are a few councils that strangely permit free parking in shared bays but not resident bays. Some bays may be specifically labeled free for motorcycles.

For London check the London Borough section for the Borough's rules

Office Car Parks

Office Car Parks

There are opportunities to use some of the available parking space within various office car parks. Use with caution with the increased risk of terrorism, owners are getting less tolerant. It is always worth checking if you have a meeting if they can give you access to onsite parking. We would suggest checking other bikes to see if they have any special sticker or tag before parking this will indicate that the space is marshaled, so best not to leave it there.

 

Parking in London Parks

Parking in London Parks

Free parking is available in London Parks in the Pay & Display bays. Be careful the car park in Regents Park is not free. Park timings are (subject to special events)

Hyde Park:

Regents Park:

Battersea Park
5am till midnight

5am till dusk

dawn till dusk