Police crackdown on Midtown parking
It’s official. While the NYPD is at liberty to take action on illegally parked scooters and motorcycles at anytime, the issue of logistics means they can only muscle behind the effort in waves. We’re in one of those waves now.
The above sign was spotted in Midtown this morning in the Grand Central area, next to a popular spot for street-parking for motorcycles and scooters. While two-wheelers tend not to park on the sidewalk on this particular block, the local precinct is sending out a clear message and posting it where it knows it will get in front of the right eyeballs. While many of the bikes that do park in the area regularly park on the street without their plates, the NYPD is specifically focusing its message on sidewalk parking.
Earlier this week, a flatbed truck was spotted in the East 60s rounding up scooters that had been parked on the sidewalk. The photograph below was snapped by NY Scooter Club member, Aawaters. Clearly the predominate machines on the back of the truck are Vespas and shiny new ones at that. No motorcycles.
Retrieving your scooter from the pound is a costly process, and many pounds charge by the hour or by the day, so the longer it is before you recover your wheels, the more it’s going to cost you. In addition, your local NYPD truck driver is not going to give your scooter any more TLC than it deserves, and it’s an unfortunate fact that bikes get scratched, dropped, and otherwise damaged during the process of muscling them onto the back of the truck.
You have been warned. Keep off the sidewalk.