Sections

Hog hell! Cops are ticketing motorcycles parked on sidewalks

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

The joyride is over for Bay Ridge motorcyclists who park on the sidewalk as cops vowed this week to crack down on the illegal but — until recently — rarely enforced offense.

Ridge Boulevard resident Charles Ball learned that the hard way last weekend, when he found two $115 tickets stuck to his crotch rocket parked on sidewalk near Ovington Avenue.

Ball recognizes that parking on the sidewalk is illegal, but he claimed that it’s a longtime practice among motorcyclists — one that’s gone unnoticed for good reason.

“I’ve been parking in the same place since June, 2009, and have never received a ticket until now,” Ball said. “But no motorcyclist wants to park on the sidewalk. We park there because we can’t afford a garage.”

Plus, cars won’t clip motorcycles on the sidewalk — a main complaint among Bay Ridge bikers — and thieves can’t steal them as easily as they can when they are not chained to a tree or a light pole, he said.

But Ball’s complaints are falling on deaf ears, according to neighborhood cops who are indeed revving up their efforts to get bikes and scooters off the sidewalks. Officers told us that they got an earful of gripes about the boom in bikes at a recent community meeting, which prompted the crackdown.

“Not only is it illegal to park on the sidewalk, it’s a quality of life issue,” said Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct. “[Bikers] are chaining them to fences, guard rails, light poles, and they’re driving on the sidewalk too. We have a lot of elderly and kids in the neighborhood, and our pride is in keeping them safe.”

Motorcyclists admit that up until this point Bay Ridge has been good to them, and they’ve tried to reciprocate.

“It’s a friendly environment — I even try to park where my neighbors won’t hear me in the morning,” said Mack Eltantawi, another Ridge rider. “But if I park it in the street and someone knocks into it with a car, I’m not that rich to go to a dealer.”

But at the end of the day, the law has the law on its side.

“If people keep parking there, we’ll keep summonsing them,” Rodriguez said.

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

joey from clinton hills says:
in my neighborhood, folks get around this by taking off their license plates when they park on the sidewalk. Are they really going to tow the motorcycles with no plates? I doubt it.
Sept. 29, 2010, 9:35 am
Charles from Bay Ridge says:
Exactly how does parking motorcycles on the sidewalk affect quality of life of residents - except by leaving more street parking available? And how many kids and elderly have been run down or even startled by motorcyclists in the act of parking on the sidewalk? Well, NONE obviously, or they would have been mentioned in the article.

One additional point: it is unsafe to ride a motorcycle in wet conditions with cold tires. This makes alternate side parking shifts dangerous in rainy conditions.

Untill the city designates secure and safe parking for us on the streets, they should let us continue to park on the sidewalks. Untill the police can reduce the rate of motorcycle theft, vandalism and hit and run damage so that motorcycle insurance rates in Brooklyn aren't 5 times what they are outside the city, they should let us secure our bikes as best we can.

We're doing our part for a smaller carbon footprint, but the city is making it unaffordable.
Sept. 29, 2010, 5:36 pm
Doug from not ny says:
Charles, that's some questionable logic. Just because the reporter failed to interview anyone aside from two riders and an inspector, and possibly forgot to ask some key questions is not proof. It's common sense that blocking the sidewalk, attaching your vehicle to (other) people's property and moving around a five-hundred pound powered machine can be dangerous.

If you're concerned about alternate side parking... push it across the street.

Agreed that separate on-street space should be striped, no question about it.
Sept. 30, 2010, 8:23 am
MIke from GP says:
All for this. Ticket away!
Sept. 30, 2010, 8:32 am
Karla from Bay Ridge says:
Doug, are you a motorcycle owner/rider? It doesn't sound like you are. If you are and park your mc on the street then tell me how many times your ride has been bumped, fallen over and/or damaged by cars? Pretty expensive huh? Considering you're not from NYC you obviously have no idea how motorcyclists park on the sidewalk. They DO NOT BLOCK the pathway of walkers on the sidewalk. If you looked at Charles' picture it is parked so close to the curb that it doesn't block anyone from walking nor take up space. Second, the sidewalk is NOT private property. No one in NY owns the sidewalk (duh). Finally, do you have alternate side parking in your neighborhood? It's not easy to look for parking when you have to be conscious of the time because you have to go to work. You can't just wait there for an hour and half until the asp is over. So, your comment on pushing it across the street is ignorant. Why don't you do your research on how many people have been killed or injured on the sidewalk by a motorcycle parking on the sidewalk in Brooklyn. Your lack of knowledge about owning and parking in NYC streets is severely evident.
Sept. 30, 2010, 10:46 am
Billy from Greenpoint says:
The whole "it's okay for us to park on the sidewalks, but not you" thing just got a whole lot more absurd. Just sayin'.
Sept. 30, 2010, 3:30 pm
Billy from Greenpoint says:
I've seen police cars completely blocking sidewalks alongside parks, with women trying to push strollers around them walking into the street.

I can't imagine that's somehow less of a problem than the odd motorcycle.

Tough to park a bike on the street, they get knocked over by cars a lot. And the sidewalks are getting more crowded, not sure there's an easy answer there.
Sept. 30, 2010, 3:32 pm
JanetG from Park Slope says:
I'm not a car owner, so I don't have a dog in this fight, but am puzzled as to why one type of motor vehicle should be allowed to park on the sidewalk and not, say, a Mini Cooper. They don't take up that much space, either. Like a car owner, if alternate side is an inconvenience to you, the cost of private parking needs to be part of your transportation budget.
Sept. 30, 2010, 4:09 pm
Karla from Bay Ridge says:
JanetG (and others who don't own a motorcycle), I think the last time I looked a Mini Cooper is considered a car. Does your license plate start with the letters "MC"? (Unless, of course, it's custom plates or mere coincidence). If not, then you are driving a car. And yes, your car is about the same size as the sidewalk in width so you would be blocking the sidewalk. The cost of living in NYC is expensive and not all of us can afford to pay for private parking. Maybe you can--lucky you. The point here is NOT who's allowed to park on the sidewalk (?). We are just trying to find parking places for our motorcycles where they won't get damaged by cars, trucks, SUV's. I know it's hard for you to understand since you don't have a motorcycle. So, instead of being sarcastic about the issue, why don't you contribute some helpful suggestions? Have any?
Sept. 30, 2010, 9:35 pm
Karla from Bay Ridge says:
JanetG, even though I was rhetorically speaking about you as a driver of a Mini Cooper, that just goes to show that non mc drivers are part of the problem.

Mike from GP, I feel sad for you and your ignorance.
Sept. 30, 2010, 10:02 pm
Mike from GP says:
Sad? Why? I just want you to obey the law. I'm not concerned with your excuses. Ignorant? Definitely not. I'm quite aware of the plight of motorcycle drivers when it comes to parking. In the end, however, that's your problem, and since we should be doing all we can to discourage motor vehicles and their use (yes, even motorcyles, scooters and the like), I'm all for enforcing the law against illegal parking, no matter what type of motor vehicle is doing it.
Oct. 2, 2010, 9:46 am
Charles from Bay Ridge says:
Doug, we aren't chaining our bikes to private property, only public. And yes, I am confident that any news story would have jumped all over any injury to pedestrians. And we aren't "blocking" anything. We park on the wide sidewalks, in parallel with and 3 feet from the street. There are cars parked next to us anyway, so it's not as if pedestrians can cross there. And cars cross the sidewalk everywhere entering driveways. They weigh a lot more than motorcycles.
Oct. 2, 2010, 11:01 am
jane from bay ridge says:
Jeez. Let 'em park on the sidewalk as long as they're not obstructing anything. There's nothing more sad than than a bike on it's side from someone trying to play bumper b*itch with an umbumpered ride. Why not ticket those fat a$$ cars that stick out from their (real or make believe) driveways blocking the sidewalks if you're looking for real hinderances to pedestrians?
Oct. 4, 2010, 8:37 am
Avneet from Richmond hill, Ny says:
I got a ticket yest for parking my bike on the side walk i have been parking on the side walks since i have owned a bike, never got a ticket, or has ever been told by any cop to not park there.My bike was not obstructing anyone in any manner. I told the officer the reason i didnt park my bike on the street was cause people with cars dont care and knock motorcycles down like its nothing, his words to me were "park it in a garage or dont ride it". He had me gone speechless with what he said. They were completely jealous of my bike from what i saw, and wrote me a ticket for $115. If they wanted they could have let me get away with a warning but i guess they were not that kind hearted. I dont think parking on a side walk is a big deal as long as its not obstructing anyone or the law by any means.
Dec. 9, 2012, 1:42 am
Harley Guy from Bay Ridge says:
many Comments on recieving tickets only in the last 2 years.
-Don't park on Sidewalks Suddenly? Bloomberg's city profits need the money. Just another form of taxation.
* Yet Bloomberg is all about Bicycle lanes to lower the carbon footprint. Where is the effort for Licensed and Insured Motorcycles?

* I've been almost run over my UMPTEEN BIKE DELIVERY GUYS on sidewalks. Who's making an effort to stop the sidewalk riding in Brooklyn? - NO ONE!

* There are Dozens, maybe hundreds of Battery and gas operated cycles, very capable of hurting and killing citizens in Bay Ridge alone (Just go your nearest Chinese Food Place) (BTW I love Chinese Food). How many of these are tagged? How many are inspected? How many of these are insured? How many of these ignore traffic lights, ride on the sidewalk, go aginst one way streets?
WHAT IS BLOOMBERG DOING TO ASSURE OUR SAFETY HERE?

But park an energy efficient, licensed and insured Motorcycle and BLOOMBERG & NYC CO will get you and HURT YOU!

*WHERE ARE THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK MOTIVATED TO LOWER OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?
* WHERE ARE THERE DESIGNATED MOTORCYCLE PARKING SPOTS, PARTICULARLY IN BROOKLYN?

BY THE WAY, YOU MUST ONLY DRINK 12 OUNCE SODAS, UNLESS YOU BUY THEM IN BLOOMBERG FRIENDLY SUPERMARKETS!!!!!!!!


Feb. 23, 2013, 12:03 am
Harley Guy from Bay Ridge says:
FORGOT TO MENTION,

THESE BATTERY AND GAS OPERATED DELIVERY BIKES (I HAVE YET TO SEE ONE WITH A TAG) UNLICENSED AND UNINSURED ARE PARKED REGULARLY ON THE SIDEWALKS IN FRONT OF THIER SHOPS.

COPS RIDING RIGHT PAST THEM ALL DAY AND EVENING LONG!

BUT GOD FORBID I TRY NOT TO LET MY MC GET SMASHED BY A 40 GALLON PER HOUR SUV WHILE PARKED!
Feb. 23, 2013, 12:10 am
hector Acaba from 902 41st Brooklyn New York 11219 says:
Motorcycle is parked on sidewalk. In front of building. People can't walk by. It's in the way
May 27, 2014, 11:41 am
rgold from bridge says:
its a scam! the system are crooks and thieves and doug seems to be a long time thief and a man that obviously never worked a hard day in his life.
Nov. 15, 2014, 5:54 pm
Kevin from Nyc says:
Parking on the sidewalk is very safe for my motorcycle. I rather get a ticket instead of a wreck or coming to see that my motorcycle gotten stolen by a couple of men that lifted the bike into a van as seen on YouTube. If your going to park a motorcyle on a sidewalk just don't do at a busy place with parking meters and always throw a bike cover on, it will blend in with the trash bags.
Jan. 30, 2015, 2:50 pm
jdoe from Hamilton heights says:
They are enforcing it up in the heights too. I hate people who complain about bikes. One, they are the future. A mini Cooper is 4-6 times the parking footprint of a bike. 2, bikes on the side walk hurts no one. The safety issue is a —— rationale. This is about increasing revenue, and it is essessentially a tax on the poor. When some —— clips my bike and strips my wheel lock costing me 1200 dollars, I don't see the cops finding him and protecting my property. if there's a problem with my bike on th streets then my neighbors can talk to me about it. Until then this is just cops doing what they are told, making rich people richer and poor people poorer.
March 14, 2015, 12:05 am
Sal from Brooklyn says:
I'm so freaking pissed I just moved from Greensboro NC used to open spaces and parking spots everywhere I go. U couldn't see a scratch on my MC, within 1 week from moving to brooklyn my bike got knocked 3 times all my damn fairing are scratched up and cracked, so I thought about parking on sidewalk as long as its safer and I'm not botheting anyone in anyway next thing I know those pigs gave me a $115 ticked, way to go BLOOMBERG we are not as rich as u are u freaking theif yes a thief wearing a fancy tie n suit won't make u less than those thugs that run the street. And u wondering why we ride dirty sometimes? Well personally cuz I'm freaking pissed.
July 28, 2015, 6:28 am
Jamil from Bensonhurst says:
I have sport bike insured and with license. I go to college and it's in Manhattan. One of the reasons I got bike is because of parking issues in brookly or Manhattan. Whenver I come home late from work I cannot find parking and forced to sleep in the car at the hydrant or if I'm lucky to get a spot on meter which next morning I have to wake up before 8:30 to move it. So I don't sleep at all. I sold my car and got bike (also due to my finance issues mottorcycle is cheaper for me) and now I cannot even park it on the sidewalk even though all my neighbours are fine with it. I have college and I was thinking to ride it there (in Manhattan) and leave it next to college in the sidewalk. Now thanks to those rules I have to take train again or get a ticket. I don't have that much money for that. I hate it..... I feel ashamed for NYC. I feel bad for being New Yourker at this point...
Jan. 31, 2017, 10:26 am

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: