Motorcycles park free at LAX Los Angeles International Airport
Someone told me that motorcycles park for free at LAX Los Angeles International Airport. I checked the
LAX website and it says all you need to do is ride your motorcycle to the
parking garage near the terminal, ride around the gate without taking a ticket,
and park somewhere other than a car space. In most of the garages you will find
a place where other people have parked motorcycles. That's where I park. Some
people cover their motorcycles and some even lock their motorcycles to the
railing on the wall
of the parking garage. I choose to ride an old motorcycle that no one would want
to steal, my trusty 1982 Honda XL500R. If the motorcycle parked next to you are
worth more than yours, you don't have to worry. I don't know how many
motorcycles are stolen from the airport, but with all of the security, there
probably aren't many motorcycle thefts at LAX airport. The parking lot is right
across the street from baggage claim, the closest parking you can get. When you
leave the airport parking garage, go to the pay booth, and the attendant will
wave for you to ride your motorcycle around the gate without paying. I was
nervous the first time I did this, but it works. See my YouTube video
above to see exactly what the motorcycle parking area by airport terminal one looks like
and how close it is to the terminal. It's the closest airport parking you
can get, and it's free! The cars parked there have to pay $30 per day, so
this is a tremendous savings.
The official LAX airport website says this:
"Parking for motorcycles is free inside the Central Terminal Area parking
When entering, drive carefully around the entrance gate arm and DO NOT take a
ticket. Do not park in a space for a car. A motorcycle may be parked at
the ends of rows, in corners, and in other spaces provided it does not block
passenger traffic, paths for the disabled,
automobile traffic, doors, elevators, driveways, etc. When exiting, drive
carefully around the exit gate arms. Entering/exiting a lot via a sidewalk is not allowed."
If you are a motorcyclist, you should take advantage of all of the benefits you
Free parking at the airport is great, and if you look around and start asking
questions, you will find other places to park for free. In Los Angeles many
parking garages offer free parking for motorcycles, including UCLA college. In
parking garages, don't take a ticket, or you will screw up their accounting.
Ride around the gate on the way in and out, and don't park in a car spot.
If you can, go to the website of the place you are visiting, or call and ask if
motorcycles park for free. I've
also parked on sidewalks in Los Angeles and never got a ticket, but I don't know
how legal it is. Everyone does it in San Francisco, but in Los Angeles
it's less common. If you do park on a sidewalk, be polite about it and leave
room for people to walk and don't do it if your motorcycle leaks a lot of oil.