Parking break: Scooter owners cut some slack
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has agreed to temporarily relax its recent enforcement of a ban on parking scooters and motorcycles on sidewalks, which had sparked a backlash among owners who suddenly started getting $76 tickets.
The PPA said last week that it had begun enforcing an existing ban on sidewalk parking for all vehicles, including scooters, after it received a rising number of complaints that mirrored the two-wheelers' rising popularity.
After meeting yesterday with City Councilman Mark Squilla and a staff member for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, the PPA agreed to suspend the enforcement as it develops ways to increase scooter parking.
"The PPA is committed to supporting all transportation modes which contribute to the vitality and quality of life of our city," PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said in a statement released after the meeting.
Changes are likely to include issuing permits for owners to park their scooters and motorcycles on residential blocks in front of their homes. The PPA also said it aims to increase street parking spaces in Center City.
Scooters parked on commercial blocks will still be ticketed.
The PPA will announce more options for scooter parking in the next week, Fenerty said, adding, "scooter owners will be pleased with the PPA's new polices."
The permits are expected to be issued by early December.