Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Europe

Europe Topics specific to Western and Eastern Europe, from UK to the Russian border, and south-east to Turkey.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 6 Jun 2010
mj's Avatar
mj mj is offline
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Munich, Germany
Posts: 310
Parking the bike in <insert UK city here>

Quick question: how do I know whether or not I have to pay for parking the bike in any UK city? We're currently in London and I never know whether those pay & display bays are free for motorcycles or not.

Is there maybe a list somewhere that I could print out and carry with me? I am really not willing to pay 120 GBP just because I didn't know how the system works. We're leaving London tomorrow but may be visiting other bigger cities (Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, etc.). Also what about parking the bike on the sidewalk - good or bad idea?
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 6 Jun 2010
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 761
sidewalk is a bad idea, you risk having your bike removed (lifted by truck to a pound). and the laws on what's private/public in the pavement are worse than on the road.

london is the only place I've seen contradictory parking signs (should be on lamp posts). but the best bet is to just hang around for 5 mins and ask a traffic warden. any list you had would be out of date quickly.

generally (outside london) anywhere that has 'm/c only' or 'motorbikes' painted onto the road by the parking space should be ok and free.

it's much simpler and safer just to ask a traffic warden. there are plenty of them around.

in Edinburgh there's lots of free bike parking bays along George St in the centre of town ('m/c only').
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 6 Jun 2010
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Edinburgh
Posts: 761
I should maybe add, the rules on parking are not 100% 'national', they are made up by the councils themselves, with lots of exceptions and 'local by-laws'. parking fines is a big industry in the UK, and yet the wardens always seem happy to advise you (makes a change from them being abused I guess).
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 6 Jun 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 47
Do not park in car bays either. Use council carparks, read the pay and display sign, if it has bike parking bays will say free or how much. I believe UK councils are obliged to have bike parking bays. Other ideas, hospitals generally have free bike parking places as do supermarkets and shopping centres.
Costs a fortune if you have the bike removed to get it back so only use bike bays or supermarket spaces. NEVER the pavement.
__________________
julian
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 6 Jun 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: NFA
Posts: 225
In London, the only place you have to pay for on street parking per se is in the City Of Westminster. Its currently £1.00 a day if you stick it in a m/c bay BUT if you use a car bay, its £4.00p and then you have to pay by texting a central number and so need a mobile phone (also for a bike). It's crap and designed to fleece you and that's why we've all been protesting regularly and will doing a lap of the M25 on June 19th to bang home the objection.

Somebody has already said that parking is down to councils and this is true in London too. What I do if in doubt is buy the cheapest ticket I can find, take a slightly too close pic of it on the bike, ( so its out of focus) keep it, and then wait. I've never been billed as yet, but if I am, I can produce the photo and argue the toss. Most places tho don't charge bikes. And of course no congestion charging is applicable.............
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 6 Jun 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moscow
Posts: 1,121
MOTORCYCLEPARKING.COM - MOTORCYCLE PARKING IN LONDON AND UK - A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HELP YOU FIND PARKING IN LONDON AND THE REST OF UK

Mainly London orientated but they have other cities, airports etc too.
A summary of rules and advice about pavements, verges etc.
Not exhaustive but certainly useful. Updated from time to time.

When in London I have on the bike a print off of their summary of which Boroughs allow us to park free on residents and general car bays and council car parks.
They don't mention Royal Parks (Regents Park Free - Wardens say totally although machines say 4 hours).
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11 Jun 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Salisbury
Posts: 131
If Salisbury is on your list of cities to visit, some of the local authority car parks with m/cycle parking have limits of 4 or 5 hours free. Market Square in the centre (assuming no market) is probably your best option.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bike parking West Africa? chris sub-Saharan Africa 11 23 Mar 2010 16:58
Looking for Safe Parking in Panama City El Aleman - Jens Central America and Mexico 2 30 Nov 2006 19:51
Anti Fog insert for Arai Tour x Helmet Julio Equipment Reviews 3 1 May 2005 13:02
safe bike parking in mexico city bc_hombre Bike Friendly, Central America and Mexico 3 15 Jan 2005 08:48
Heathrow bike parking fatboyfraser Trip Transport 2 16 May 2003 02:17

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:59.