Europe – civilized acceptance of motorcycles

In Europe, it's common to see motorcycles and scooters parked on the sidewalk. It's an accepted practice; part of life. You'd get a parking ticket if you did that in most Canadian cities

In Europe, it’s common to see motorcycles and scooters parked on the sidewalk. It’s an accepted practice; part of life. You’d get a parking ticket if you did that in most Canadian cities

Europe seems so much more civilized when it comes to accepting motorcycles and how people use them.  Of course, in Europe, motorcycles and scooters are used for transportation.  Cheaper on fuel, easy to ride through gridlocked traffic and you can park just about any where.

And that’s what Euro riders do.  Throughout Portugal, Germany, Poland and Hungary, we saw many motorbikes and scooters parked in places that would trigger loud complaints and parking tickets here in Edmonton.

Perhaps we can learn something from Europe by easing up on the city bylaws that prohibit parking bikes on sidewalks?  I doubt that will ever happen, but we can dream, can’t we?

We spotted this lovely Moto Guzzi V7 parked on the sidewalk in Berlin, Germany.  A perfect mid-size motorcycle with shaft-drive, ‘normal’ (non-sportbike) ergonomics and classic, ‘retro’ good looks.  The perfect bike for city travel.

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