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Proposed free Muni-Meter parking for motorcycles

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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 3:46 pm

It’s difficult to display Muni-Meter receipts on motorcycles because they are stollen or blown away, bike enthusiasts Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights) say, which leads to countless unfair parking tickets.

Vallone has introduced legislation in the council and DenDekker in the the state Assembly to allow bikes to park free at Muni Meters — though they still will pay at conventional ones.

On Oct. 11, following a parking ticket Den Dekker received for not displaying his Muni-Meter receipt on his motorcycle, the two politicians joined together to promote their plan to provide the free parking for bikes across the five boroughs. Other supporters joined them to fill Borough Hall’s steps, such as American Brotherhood Motorcycle Club President John Cartier, New York City Harley Owners Group President Joe Sessa and motorcycle riders from across the city.

“The people behind me are cops, firefighters, nurses and other hardworking professionals. We are not the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ — we are the sons and daughters of New York City,” Vallone said. “Bikes don’t hog spots, and we are just asking for fairness when it comes to parking in New York City.”

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