Friday, June 20, 2008

Scooter Parking in Philadelphia?

City Council Looks for Scooter Parking in Center City
by KYW's Mike Dunn

With gas prices sky high, City Council is calling on the Mayor and the Parking Authority to find and set aside more parking for Vespas, scooters and other motorized cycles.

City Councilman Frank DiCicco says as gas prices shot up, so did demand for scooters:

"There is a scooter shop that opened up in South Philadelphia, on East Passyunk Avenue a couple of years ago. He is not able to keep up with the demand right now."

Council approved a resolution authored by DiCicco calling on the Nutter Administration and the Parking Authority to resolve the biggest problem with scooters -- there's nowhere to park them:

"I think we need to find an alternative for folks to be able to take their scooter or motorcycle into Center City, which will relieve traffic congestion, and encourage people to leave their gas guzzlers at home."

One idea, he says, is take one on-street parking spot and set it aside for four or five scooters.