Free Muni-Meter Parking Action Alert

Free Motorcycle Parking at Muni-Meters – It Can Happen with Your Help!

There is proposed City Council legislation to exempt scooters and motorcycles from paying at Muni-Meters. No more wondering where to put your ticket. No more summonses. No more velcro’ed license plates. Finally: a real solution to parking at meters that were designed only for cars.

We need your help!
The legislation, Int 0860-2012, was proposed by Peter Vallone Jr. of Queens. You can read the text here.

1. Call the bill’s sponsors and tell them you support Int-0860-2012. Tell them you live, work, or shop in their area and that it is a great solution for the constant threat of Muni-Meter violations for motorcycles.

2. Write your city councilman and members of the transportation
committee in support of this bill. You can find your council member’s name and contact information at

Peter F. Vallone, Jr. 
718-274-4500 e-mail (D) district 22 Astoria, Long Island City; parts of Jackson Heights, Rikers, Randalls and Wards Islands 
Deborah L. Rose
718-556-7370 e-mail (D) district 49, SI St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Snug Harbor, Livingston, New Brighton, Randall Manor, West Brighton, Silver Lake, Clove Lakes, Westerleigh, Clifton, Concord, Rosebank, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Mariners Harbor
Daniel J. Halloran III 718-631-6703 e-mail (R/C/I/L) district 19, College Point, Whitestone, Beechurst, Bayside, Little Neck
Eric A. Ulrich 718-738-1083 e-mail (R), district 32 Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Woodhaven

The bill isn’t scheduled for a public hearing yet, but as soon as it is we’ll contact you and solicit your help in telling your councilmember that you’re tired of the tickets, and that motorcycles and scooters are part of the solution to reducing congestion in NYC.

If you know of other ways to help get this legislation passed, tell us in the forum or reply to this e-mail.

Winter Motorcycle Storage

Winter Storage
snowy bike
For those of you who aren’t 12-month commuters, you’ll need to find a place to stow your bike for hibernation. We’ve surveyed some local shops to give you a pricing guide. At minimum, you’ll get an indoor or outdoor spot for your bike. Some offer added services like battery tending, fluid top-offs, oil changes, and a spring cleaning/detailing.Brooklyn Moto, N Williamsburg $400 Nov-Mar or Dec-Apr
Brooklyn Motor Works, Red Hook: $120/mo
Cycle Therapy, East Harlem: $129/mo, free pickup
Dymond Motorsports – Eastchester, Bronx $70/mo
Machina Cycles, Park Slope – $125/mo Dec-Apr, w/outlet
Motogrrl, Williamsburg – $100-$175/mo, winterization available
Primoto, Long Island City – $150/mo w/tender, gear storage
Rockwell Cycles – $350 Nov-Apr w/outlet
Speer Yamaha, Passaic NJ, $45/mo + $95 prep, winterization
Works Engineering, N Williamsburg, $125/moIf there’s anyone else out there, add it to our Shop Database!

Still, be aware that a 4-month break from riding will absolutely dull your skills. Take it from the local government of Devon, U.K.

Secret Life of Bikers: Hibernation
Secret Life of Bikers: Hibernation

The November newsletter will have Winter Riding Tips for those of you ready to brave the cold.