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Motorcycle parking in Baltimore isn't EZ

Matt Bezanson of Hampden is a motorcyclist who finds it frustrating that Baltimore's vaunted new parking system, while in many ways an improvement over meters, is not kind to folks on two wheels. Here's what he asked Getting There.

Not knowing the answer, I forwarded Bezanson's questions to Peter Little, executive director of thhe Baltimore Parking Authority. Little was gracious enough to respond quickly, but his reply wasn't terribly encouraging to Bezanson and probably won't be to other motorcyclists. Here's what he had to say:

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Bezanson was quick to read beyond the boilerplate and the happy talk and to reach the bottom line: The EZ Park system just wasn't designed for motorcycles and the city has found no way around it. You're not going to win many points with bikers by singing the praises of a system from which they feel excluded.

Little might have been better off if he stopped after the first paragraph, which may contain a nugget of good news. If motorcycle spaces are created in all the places where EZ Park is available to cars, that would go a long way toward resolving the problem. But here's how Bezanson saw the reply:

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Little added, by way of clarification, what strikes me as good news:

Hey, if anyone has a bright idea of how to overcome that receipt-theft problem, patent it fast before someone else comes up with a solution.

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