GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An on-street parking space on the east side of Jefferson Avenue SE, just south of Fulton Street, will be removed to make room for a bike corral as Grand Rapids conducts a two-wheeled parking trial that could expand to other locations.
The city’s parking department has ordered a pair of bicycle racks for a spot outside Bartertown Diner where an employee last month got ticketed for chaining his moped to a parking meter.
It’s illegal in Grand Rapids for a moped to park on a sidewalk – and perhaps risky to park it on the street unsecured – so Dallas McCulloch said he and other moped-riding colleagues at the diner, 6 Jefferson Ave. SE, have no place to park their transportation legally and safely.
“We all just lock up illegally to trees and posts and whatnot,\” he said.
In place of a metered parking spot outside Bartertown, the city will place two eight-bike racks with flexible yellow poles on either side to set the space apart as free parking for bikes or mopeds. Grand Rapids currently offers free scooter parking in a public lot on Fulton, outside the Ottawa-Fulton ramp, and inside the Pearl-Ionia ramp.