The City of Toronto hates motorcycles. It is such a hassle to have a motorcycle downtown and use it as a method of transportation. The bylaw officers are complete pricks when it comes to parking your motorcycle. Motorcycles are better than cars for the environment, they take up much less space than cars, and getting around the city on a motorcycle is very efficient. The issue is with parking. When you park your motorcycle on a bicycle rack, the bylaw officers usually give you a ticket. Most buildings downtown charge the same parking fees for motorcycles as cars. It’s ridiculous. It costs $24 per day to park in my work building, and that goes for a car or a motorcycle, even though you could fit 4 or 5 motorcycles in 1 car parking spot. In my apartment building it also costs the same; $80 per month whether you have a car or a motorcycle. I even tried parking my motorcycle in my building’s bicycle parking area, but I was told they would write me up a ticket for parking it there. There was no harm in parking it there; there is plenty of free space, it’s not visible, and it’s not intrusive. I read somewhere that there are some dedicated motorcycle parking spots around the city, but they are few and far between, and are usually full anyway because there are so few of them.
No wonder there are so many cars in the city, the support for bicycles and motorcycles is far from ideal. Support for bicycles has increased in the 3 years I’ve lived here, but every time I hear about a politician trying to increase support for cyclists, there’s an opposing politician that complains and fights for people who drive in the city. A lot of politicians want more automobile lanes rather than bicycle lanes. Haven’t people figured out yet that there are millions of public transit commuters that come to the city every day and adding another lane on the road will just lead to people switching from public transit to driving. The 401, Gardiner Expressway, and the DVP will be busy no matter how many lanes you add. It won’t do a damn thing. Public transit/cycling is the solution, and although it’s coming along, it’s taking a very long time.