The City of Vancouver is peddling scores of new parking spaces for electric scooters and motorcycles.
But don’t think the spots are there to raise big revenue — the parking comes free or at a reduced price depending on your ride, and is in place to support Vancouver’s green initiatives.
Drivers of electric scooters don’t have to pay a penny to park in the spaces, which are identified by green-topped meters and unique parking signs.
Motorcycles and gas-powered mopeds can park for a reduced rate when riders pay by phone, but they lose that 50 per cent discount when the spot is paid by coin.
If you’re wondering why scooters park for free, but you have to pay to park your Hummer, well, it all comes down to emissions. The city is pushing for commuters to rely on environmentally-friendly and low carbon-emitting transportation options as part of its bid to be the world’s greenest city by 2020.
More than 150 new spots are already in place throughout the city and another 50 are scheduled to be built by the end of the year.
Sharing is allowed, but only if all the bikes fit within the designated parking space.