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Old 01-19-14, 11:29 AM   #1
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bicycle parking tickets.

has anyone ever gotten a parking ticket for their bike? I relieved one for tieing my bike up to a railing in a park area in front of a bank. if its a public park do they have a right to do this?
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Old 01-19-14, 11:38 AM   #2
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Probably. Your ticket should cite the law or ordinance you are being fined under.

Municipalities have the responsibility for regulating public spaces. I obviously don't know the details of your citation but, if you had parked your bike in a place that impacted a bunch of other people, I can see how it might happen.
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Old 01-19-14, 06:16 PM   #3
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Yes. It never gets enforced here in DC,but here it is illegal to lock to a tree whose trunk is under 10" diameter,a pole within 25' of an intersection,or in a bus zone.
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Old 01-19-14, 07:15 PM   #4
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has anyone ever gotten a parking ticket for their bike? I relieved one for tieing my bike up to a railing in a park area in front of a bank. if its a public park do they have a right to do this?
Just make sure it's a real ticket. When I was a security guard at a hospital we would "ticket" vehicles that were parked where they shouldn't have been. The thing is, there was no legal obligation for anyone to actually pay the ticket.
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has anyone ever gotten a parking ticket for their bike? I received one for tieing my bike up to a railing in a park area in front of a bank. if its a public park do they have a right to do this?
A bank in a park? What? How do we know if it's a real ticket?
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Old 01-19-14, 07:52 PM   #6
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I received a warning (it said next time my vehicle would be towed) I might have a picture of it somewhere.
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Old 01-19-14, 08:12 PM   #7
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If it was on private property the bike could be impounded at the behest of the property owner, if it was public property but in violation of some ordinance it could also be impounded. If it was on public property but chained to, for example, a handrail near a handicapped parking stall I could see a reason why the municipality might object.

If you park on private property though make sure you have permission. A bike rack is most likely considered implicit permission, a handrail is not.
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Old 01-20-14, 07:11 AM   #8
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With an automobile, the ticket will have recorded the license plate number, which is now in the system with that ticket. Thus they know the vehicle owner and can come after you for non-payment.

Since bicycles don't have license plates, how would they know the owner and where to come find you ?. As long as you don't lock the bike there again, I'd ignore it.

Or if you are feeling whimsical, mail in the ticket, do not provide any personal information, plead guilty (if you can checkmark it) and add a short note that simply say's "Sorry".
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Old 01-20-14, 07:47 AM   #9
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Love your idea of just sending in the ticket with a note saying you are sorry.
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Yes. It never gets enforced here in DC,but here it is illegal to lock to a tree whose trunk is under 10" diameter,a pole within 25' of an intersection,or in a bus zone.
I wonder if this is to prevent people from blocking street signs or so that pedestrians can further down the street. Conversely, in SF, people obscure stop signs by parking van and trucks next to them.
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If it was on private property the bike could be impounded at the behest of the property owner, if it was public property but in violation of some ordinance it could also be impounded. If it was on public property but chained to, for example, a handrail near a handicapped parking stall I could see a reason why the municipality might object.

If you park on private property though make sure you have permission. A bike rack is most likely considered implicit permission, a handrail is not.
There is one mall here that will cut locks and collect the bike if it's not locked to the bike rack which, of which there is only one on the very end of the mall and about 500 ft from the entrance and have to cross one traffic light to get there. In other words, the rack is not obvious at all. My friend had locked the bike to a sign post and thought his bike was stolen. Management/security/whoever cut through his Kryptonite NY U-lock.

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Begin petitioning your city councillors to install more places that you can legally use

to lock your bike onto, so you dont have to use railings that block the sidewalk.

They have Public Meetings ..
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Old 01-26-14, 02:45 PM   #13
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Charleston, SC just started this on a few blocks 1 year trial. They impound offenders and you have to go claim your bike. Don't know how you can identify your bike but there must be a way. Otherwise, somone could just got to the impound, pay fine and pick up a nice bike. Most bikes in Charleston are college folk so they are used Wally bikes.
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Old 01-27-14, 11:22 AM   #14
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Charleston, SC just started this on a few blocks 1 year trial. They impound offenders and you have to go claim your bike. Don't know how you can identify your bike but there must be a way. Otherwise, somone could just got to the impound, pay fine and pick up a nice bike. Most bikes in Charleston are college folk so they are used Wally bikes.
I'm sure they'll record the SN for their records...But very few of us have records of our bikes SN...I being one of them. One day Ill write them all down somewhere. Too busy today. I still have to explore the Classic and vintage forum.
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Old 01-27-14, 12:46 PM   #15
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I'm sure they'll record the SN for their records...But very few of us have records of our bikes SN...I being one of them. One day Ill write them all down somewhere. Too busy today. I still have to explore the Classic and vintage forum.

odds are in favor of the shop where you purchased your bicycle (if you went that route) having a record of the serial number with their sales paperwork.

even the wall world of bike shops near me manages that.
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