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Parking ban on motorcycles at monorail stations irritates riders

Date Posted: 2007-10-18

Monorail riders who also ride motorcycles are upset now that they’ve been told they can’t park their motorcycles at the monorail stations or in parking areas adjacent to the stations.

Naha City and Okinawa Prefecture have launched an education campaign to alert motorcycle owners they are prohibited from parking at all of the 15 monorail stations. Parking spaces beneath the stations are provided for automobiles, and ten have spaces for bicycles, but none for motorcycles.

Government officials have been posting stickers at the monorail stations warning of the parking prohibition, but riders are largely ignoring them. Prefecture and Naha City civil works and road operations section employees report motorcycles are always parked at all 15 stations. A recent Prefecture spot check showed 110 motorcycles parked at Asahibashi Station, and 73 at Miebashi.

A taxi driver who parks near the monorail stations says “When I see people parking the motorcycles, they are normal office workers. They wear suits and ties and come here every day at the same time, then go in a hurry to their offices.” A motorcycle rider questioned by authorities admits “I do always park here, because when I come by motorcycle and go after work for a drink, I go home taking the monorail. I can leave the motorcycle here safely.”

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