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Halifax testing free motorcycle parking in city core

Motorcyclists will now be able to find a few free parking spaces in downtown Halifax. There won't be many of them - but it's a start!

The Halifax Regional Municipality designated spaces for motorcycles in four areas; two on Argyle street, one on Grafton street, and another on Spring Garden Road.

Ken Reashor, manager of the municipality's traffic authority, said three motorcycles or scooters should be able to fit in each spot, depending on how riders park. They will be time limited to 90 minutes.

"They are limited time because we don't support all-day parking on the street," Reashor told CBC News on Thursday.

Parking was restricted in the areas that have been freed up for the motorcycle test. No parking meters were removed.

Coun. Sue Uteck has been an ally of two-wheeled rider of Halifax, leading the charge to find new free spaces by supporting a group called Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists and a petition they organized. In February, she arrived at city hall with the 1,350-name petition which put forth the position that motorcycles and scooters are more eco-friendly and cause less traffic congestion than cars.

The pilot project will run this summer. Municipal officials say they will consider extending it depending on the response from riders.


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