Here is a view of the new Moped and Motorcycle parking spaces at the corner of Temple and Free Streets. According to this release from the city's website, there will soon be a total of 7 other Moped parking areas like this one spread around the peninsula, with anywhere from two to six spaces. These spaces offer up to 10 hours of free parking, which is a pretty good deal I say. I have certainly seen an increase in moped transportation over the last few years and applaud any efforts to city takes to make the streets more compatible with them.
Also from the article cited above:
Encouraging commuters to use a moped or motorcycles can reduce traffic congestion downtown and help in the city’s efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption and avert greenhouse gas emission. Dedicating motorcycle and moped parking spaces is also a safe and legal way to ensure that two-wheeled vehicles are properly parked on the street.
“Improving access to the downtown for mopeds and motorcycles is a part of the city’s long term transportation strategy to promote different modes of transportation,” remarked City Councilor and Transportation Committee Chair Kevin Donoghue. “With rising fuels prices, more and more people are looking to mopeds and other low-impact, efficient modes of transportation. Adding these spaces is an economical way to maximize parking in the downtown and make the two-wheel option more attractive for residents and commuters.”