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Village to Develop Motorcycle Parking Plan

Idea is to build relationship with the motorcycle community in downtown Port Jefferson.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Port Jefferson village officials are working on a plan to create specific motorcycle parking just off Main Street in the parking lot between The Frigate and Lainie's Way, according to a report published Thursday in The Port Times Record.

Not only would the goal be to control motorcycle noise and traffic in the village, but it would also help build a relationship with the motorcycle community, village officials said. The plan would take 10 parking spaces, which would ordinarily be metered parking, and designate them for free motorcycle parking on Friday and Saturday nights along with Sundays after the Farmer's Market is over at 1 p.m. A pilot program would start in August.

According to The Port Times Record, the idea originated with Jim Barr, president of the Long Island chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. It was presented by Larry LaPointe on Monday after being discussed recently at a parking committee meeting.

"I believe this is the only place other than Main Street that has a chance of working," The Port Times Record quoted trustee Lee Rosner as saying.

Patch has previously reported that locals have mixed feelings on motorcycle traffic in Port Jefferson. 

Click here to read the full report from The Port Times Record.
knowitall July 19, 2013 at 02:05 PM
So one has to ask why motorcycles are a privileged class? What is next, drivers of yellow cars who decide to flaunt parking rules and demand free parking? When does it stop? The Village will open a Pandora's box by playing favorites. Quite frankly, motorcyclists should enjoy no special treatment for making noise, appearing slovenly, and contributing to a non-welcoming appearance in the village. Who cares if they get upset? They can take their cigarette smoking, noise, and dirt somewhere else.
Earl July 20, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Totally agree with knowitall, if the bikers get free parking, then we should all get free parking. Such corrupt politics it is sickening!! The village needs to get its head out of its ass and tackle the problem head on, not try and pacify the problem.
Larsen E Whipsnade July 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Leaving the issue of old farts on Harleys to one side for a moment, the greenest transportation available now is the small motor-scooter. The scooter is a fast growing group, and the more scooters in the traffic mix, the better traffic flows. That's why so many urban areas like to see scooters parked on sidewalks - they're unobtrusive and they bring workers & customers. They make life better for everyone. But, yes, that doesn't help us with the problem of grumpy, smelly, old farts on huge, noisy Harleys.

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