Been a while since I've posted here ... but felt the need to vent a little and also share a warning about meter parking in Vancouver ...
I've always been under the impression (apparently incorrectly) that if you are between the two spots, then as long as one of the spots is paid for, then you're OK.
My story - parked on Hornby at a meter spot, with the bike backed up to the meter between two spots. There was a car in each spot, both meters paid
So an hour later I notice a parking dude printing out a ticket, so I run out and say "are you ticketing the bike?"
He says "Nope, the car"
I check and the one meter is out (the one he's giving the car a ticket for) but the other has time left so I go back inside. I watch the dude put a ticket on the car window then walk off.
Come out 20mins later to leave, the one meter still has time, and I have no ticket. All good.
Then 3 weeks later I get a ticket notice in the mail saying I missed the early payment of $35 and now owe $70
So I call the city and talk to the Parking folks - turns out parking exactly in front of the meter is technically taking up both spots so yes, I was technically in the expired spot and deserved the ticket. (ps they also had a photo of the bike in the spot, so you can't really say "I was in the paid for spot only")
In fact they said if both meters were expired I could have received two tickets.
So, just a word of warning for any who were making the same assumptions I have been making all these years - you can share a spot with a car, but pick one spot only - if you are over the line you are in two spots and they can ticket you if one spot is expired.
And just to vent - really? First he tells me I'm not getting ticketed, lets me leave the bike there, then when I'm gone writes a ticket but does not put it on the bike, so when I get notice that I even have a ticket I've already missed the "pay less before" date ...
At least the person I talked to reissued the ticket so I can pay the $35 instead of $70
Oh, and the "one free meter ticket" is no longer a policy now that they don't send parking tickets to court.
I've been told by the city that there's a (really asshole'ish) parking guy who hates bikes downtown - once he ticketed and had me towed because I parked at the end meter spot behind a car and with my back tire lined up to the "No Parking this side" post ... because part of my bike was leaning into the "no Parking" side he deemed the bike a hazard and called the tow trucks ...
Anyway, vent over - back to lurking.