City Council To End Free Parking for Motorized Cycles in Pay-and-Display “P” Parking?

Update:

As the picture clearly demonstrates, motorcycles parked here at the pay-and-display take up far less room then their four (4) wheel cousins. Three (3) motorcycles take up the space of one car or SUV. These two wheel motorized vehicles are better for the environment and wear and tear of the streets compared to their four (4) wheel cousins. Despite all the work and rationale it took to allow for free parking for motorized cycles, the City in intent on cancelling that exemption on February 6 & 7, 2012.

Will Toronto City Council vote on February 6 or 7, 2012 to eliminate the paid parking exception for motorized cycles (motorcycles and motor scooters) in “P” (pay-and-display) parking across the City?

City Council on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2011, adopted the following:

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the February 6 and 7, 2012 meeting of City Council, through the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, on options for the implementation and enforcement of parking charges and fees regarding motorcycles and motor scooters.

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in preparing the report, to review the City’s pay-and-display areas as well as the number of parking permits currently being exempted to determine the financial impact of the recommended changes to pay parking.

Parking enforcement officer writing a ticket for a motorcycle parked too closely to a fire hydrant.

Free Parking in the City of Toronto (for motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds):

In the City of Toronto, on October 28, 2005 the City Council passed a resolution which had the effect of allowing all Motorcycles, Motor Scooter and Mopeds to park for free on any street in Toronto in which parking is allowed. (see: 2 Parking for Motorized Scooters and Motorcycles – Motion J(2) City Council on October 28, 2005  adopted this Clause without amendment).  See the exact language of this new by-law at the very bottom of this page.

A motorcycle, motor scooter or moped can park in any Green “P” parking (outdoors or indoors) for free as long as the motorcycle, motor scooter or moped is parked at an angle, not more than sixty (60) degrees to the curb and at least three (3) metres or 9.8424 feet away from a Fire Hydrant.

The City of Toronto ensured that motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds were exempt from the by-laws and the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (for the purposes of parking within the City of Toronto).

 

 

This shows the motorcycle with the parking ticket affixed to it. If motorcycles are parked improperly they can be ticketed, other than that, why would the City take away the exemption that they currently have for pay-and-display parking?

Online Petition Against City Council’s plans:

According to an Online Petition, against the attempts by Toronto City Council, the following facts support status quo:

Six years ago, the City of Toronto demonstrated real traffic safety and urban planning leadership by providing free street parking and other improvements for motorcycles and motorized scooters. But the City is about to take a step back if it continues with a proposal to enforce parking charges and fees for motorcycles and motorized scooters. Here are some reasons why free street parking for motorcycles and motorized scooters should continue:

  • Motorcycles and motorized scooters use less space on the road, have significantly less impact on road infrastructure thus saving municipal dollars, require less parking space, consume less fuel, and produce less emissions;
  • Motorcycles and motorized scooters are an affordable mode of transportation for many commuters where comparable transit options don’t exist or where cars are the only other viable transit option;
  • Pay & Display tags and other parking receipts are easily lost or stolen from parked motorcycles and motorized scooters resulting in unwarranted fines, which puts an unnecessary burden on riders and increased costs for city officials and the municipal court system;
  • City officials should also note that the program also complements the Ontario government’s tourism strategy to attract motorcyclists from border provinces and states.

This is what happened at City Council on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2011:

MM14.19

ACTION 

Amended 

 

Ward:All 

Fees for Motorcycle Parking – by Councillor Mike Del Grande, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
City Council Decision

City Council on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2011, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the February 6 and 7, 2012 meeting of City Council, through the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, on options for the implementation and enforcement of parking charges and fees regarding motorcycles and motor scooters.

 

2.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in preparing the report, to review the City’s pay-and-display areas as well as the number of parking permits currently being exempted to determine the financial impact of the recommended changes to pay parking.

Background Information (City Council)
Member Motion MM14.19
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/mm/bgrd/backgroundfile-42550.pdf)
Communications (City Council)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Peter Swinton (MM.New.MM14.19.1)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Brain Coutinho (MM.New.MM14.19.2)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Mark Celinscak (MM.New.MM14.19.3)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Ryan Suarez (MM.New.MM14.19.4)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Rory Cummings (MM.New.MM14.19.5)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Esmond Lee (MM.New.MM14.19.6)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Cal Lorimer (MM.New.MM14.19.7)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Ugur Dinc (MM.New.MM14.19.8)
(November 30, 2011) E-mail from Jason Fudge (MM.New.MM14.19.9)
Motions (City Council)
Motion to Waive Notice (Carried)

 Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the necessary provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, need to be waived to permit introduction of Motion MM14.19.  A two thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive notice.


Vote (Waive Notice)

Nov-30-2011 2:49 PM

Result: CarriedTwo-Thirds Required – MM14.19 – Waive Notice
Yes: 30Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 12Ana Bailão, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Adam Vaughan 
Absent: 3Pam McConnell, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson 


Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

 Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM14.19 be referred to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.  A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

 


Vote (Waive Referral)

Nov-30-2011 2:50 PM

Result: CarriedTwo-Thirds Required – MM14.19 – Waive referral
Yes: 28Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 14Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan 
Absent: 3Pam McConnell, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson 


1 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That Recommendation 1 be amended by deleting the words “to harmonize them with parking for other motorized vehicles” so that it now reads:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the February, 2012 meeting of City Council, through the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on options for the implementation and enforcement of parking charges and fees regarding motorcycles and motor scooters.


Vote (Amend Item)

Dec-01-2011 9:58 AM

Result: CarriedMajority Required – MM14.19 – motion 1 – De Baeremaeker
Yes: 29Ana Bailão, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 2Joe Mihevc, John Parker 
Absent: 14Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson 


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

 

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended)

Dec-01-2011 9:59 AM

Result: CarriedMajority Required – MM14.19 – Adopt the item as amended
Yes: 28Ana Bailão, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 2Joe Mihevc, Adam Vaughan 
Absent: 15Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson 
Toronto City Council will meet in this building (Nathan Philips Square) on February 6 & 7, 2012 to discuss and vote on this issue

 

CITY OF TORONTO

BY-LAW No. 928-2005ENACTED AND PASSED this 28th day of October, A.D. 2005.

To amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Ch. 910, Parking Machines, former City of Toronto Municipal Code Ch. 400, Traffic and Parking, former City of North York By-law No. 30742, former City of Etobicoke Municipal Code Ch. 187, former City of Scarborough By-law No. 22614, former City of York By-law No. 1645-89, former Metropolitan Toronto By law No. 107-86, former Borough of East York By-law No. 197 and former City of York Municipal Code Ch. 982, to provide an exemption to motorcycles from payment at on street parking meters and parking machines.

The Council of the City of Toronto HEREBY ENACTS as follows:

1. Chapter 910, Parking Machines, of The City of Toronto Municipal Code, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new § 910-2B as follows:

“B. Despite any other provision in this chapter, where a fee is stipulated in this chapter for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit a fee and to use or activate the parking machine shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

2. Chapter 400, Traffic and Parking, of the former City of Toronto Municipal Code, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Subsection (4.1) in § 400-2B as follows:

“(4.1) Despite any other provision in this Chapter, as used in § 400-42A.2, the following term shall have the meaning indicated:

MOTORCYCLE – A self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor-scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Subsection A.2 in § 400-42 as follows:

“A.2. Despite any other provision in § 400-42, where a fee is stipulated in § 400 42 for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit a fee or rate and to use or set in operation the parking meter or to use or activate the parking machine shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

3. By-law No. 30742, being “A By-law respecting Parking Meters on the City of North York Roads”, of the former City of North York, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 1.1 as follows:

“1.1. In Section 3.2 of this By-law:

(a) “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor-scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 3.2 as follows:

“3.2. Despite any other provision of this By-law, where a rate or fee is stipulated in this By-law for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the rate or fee shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

4. Chapter 187, Parking Meters, of the Municipal Code of the former City of Etobicoke, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new § 187-1.1 as follows:

“1.1. As used in § 187-3.3, the following term shall have the meaning indicated:

MOTORCYCLE – a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor scooter, but does not include a motor-assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new § 187-3.3 as follows:

“3.3. Despite any other provision of this chapter, where a fee is stipulated in this chapter for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the fee or rate and to use or set in operation the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

5. By-law No. 22614, being “A By-law respecting Parking Meters on Scarborough Roads”, of the former City of Scarborough, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 1.1 as follows:

“1.1. As used in Section 2.2 of this By-law,

(a) “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 2.2 as follows:

“2.2. Despite any other provision of this By-law, where a rate or fee is stipulated in this By-law for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the rate or fee and to use the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

6. By-law No. 1645-89, being “A By-law respecting Parking Meters”, of the former City of York, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 1.1 as follows:

“1.1. As used in Section 2.2 of this By-law,

(a) “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor-scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 2.2 as follows:

“2.2. Despite any other provision of this By-law, where a rate or fee is stipulated in this By-law for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the rate or fee and to use or set in operation the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

7. By-law No. 107-86, being “A By-law respecting Parking Meters on Metropolitan Roads”, of the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 1.3 as follows:

“1.3. As used in Section 2.2 of this By-law,

(a) “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 2.2 as follows:

“2.2. Despite any other provision of this By-law, where a rate or fee is stipulated in this By-law for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the rate or fee and to use or set in operation the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

8. By-law No. 197, being a by-law “To provide for parking meters on roads in the Borough of East York”, of the former Borough of East York, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 1.1 as follows:

“1.1. As used in Section 2.2 of this By-law,

(a) “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 2.2 as follows:

“2.2. Despite any other provision of this By-law, where a rate or fee is stipulated in this By-law for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the rate or fee and to use or set in operation the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

9. Chapter 982, Parking – Meter, of the former City of York Municipal Code, is amended as follows:

A. By inserting a new Section 982.1.4 as follows:

“982.1.4 Motorcycle – defined

As used in Section 982.2.1B, “motorcycle” means a self-propelled vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and includes a motor-scooter, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.”

B. By inserting a new Section 982.2.1B as follows:

“982.2.1B. Despite any other provision of this chapter, where a fee is stipulated in this chapter for a given parking period in a parking space, the requirement to pay or deposit the fee and to use or set in operation the parking meter shall not apply to a person parking a motorcycle.”

ENACTED AND PASSED this 28th day of October, A.D. 2005.

 

CITY OF TORONTO

BY-LAW No. 930-2005ENACTED AND PASSED this 28th day of October, A.D. 2005.

To amend former City of Toronto Municipal Code Ch. 400, Traffic and Parking, to permit motorcycles to angle park up to 60 degrees to the curb.

The Council of the City of Toronto HEREBY ENACTS as follows:

1. Chapter 400, Traffic and Parking, of the former City of Toronto Municipal Code, is amended as follows:

A. By amending § 400-2B(4.1) by inserting the phrase: “§ 400-33B.1, § 400-39A, § 400-39A.1,” after the phrase: “as used in” and by inserting the phrase: “§ 400 42H(4) and § 400-42H(5),” after: “§ 400-42A.2,”.

B. By inserting a new Subsection B.1 in § 400-33 as follows:

“B.1 Exemptions for motorcycles

Despite the provisions of Subsections A and C, a motorcycle may be parked at an angle, provided that no person shall park a motorcycle at an angle greater than sixty (60) degrees to the curb.”

C. By inserting a new Subsection A.1 in § 400-39 as follows:

“A.1 Where angle parking is permitted on a highway, despite Subsection A, a motorcycle may be parked at an angle, provided that no person shall park a motorcycle at an angle greater than sixty (60) degrees to the curb.”

D. By deleting Subsection (4) in § 400-42H and inserting the following:

“(4) Despite anything else in this § 400-42, up to three motorcycles may be parked in a parking space, provided that no person shall park a motorcycle in a parking space at an angle greater than sixty (60) degrees to the curb.”

E. By deleting § 400-42H(6).

2. This by-law shall be effective as of the date of the approved set fine order from the Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice for the offences created by this By-law.

ENACTED AND PASSED this 28th day of October, A.D. 2005.

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