Police remind moped drivers of new regulations, not to park ‘all willy-nilly’

Police remind moped drivers of new regulations, not to park ‘all willy-nilly’
City of Madison

Madison police are reminding moped drivers of a new moped parking ordinance that tightens moped regulations to create more public walking space.

“We in the central District have had the distinct pleasure of dealing with parking issues, but none more frustrating than when we had to deal with mopeds parking on the sidewalks,” a police officer wrote in a post on the Madison Police Department’s website.

Officials said they have received complaints from bicycle riders and pedestrians who don’t have places for their bikes and room to safely walk because moped riders park “all willy-nilly” in bike racks on terraces.

“We also field complaints of moped riders driving blocks upon blocks on the sidewalks, to make it to areas in front of buildings to park and clog up the sidewalks,” the officer said.

But a new ordinance that went into effect in January tightened moped rules on campus and in downtown Madison.

Under the new ordinance, mopeds and motorcycles can park on the street in any legal space in accordance with signage and other parking regulations, officials said. Up to three mopeds or motorcycles can park in a single metered space, but there are also on-street metered spaces designated specifically for motorcycle and moped parking only.

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