However, where parking multiple motorcycles per space is allowed and spaces are sparse, motorcyclists should take advantage, both for themselves and to free up space for stupidly large vehicles. Just feed the meter to make sure you are legal for as long as you'll be there. You can also ease congestion in parking lots by using odd-shaped corners and cutouts where car-sized spaces won't fit, leaving spaces for barges. If the lot uses planters in those leftover spaces, share one with another motorcycle or leave one for the next motorcycle. To me, the only thing more thoughtless than a parked motorcycle using the entire space is several doing so in a small area. On the other hand, when there is just one space open in a crowded lot and you wave a car into it, even though you were there first, then turn into a space with another motorcycle or a triangle at the end of the row, you have earned some approval for motorcycles. If a parking lot is going up in your neighborhood, it can be worthwhile to call the company involved and ask it to leave spaces for motorcycles instead of filling them with raised concrete or planters. A reader once told me of successfully doing this. It actually saved the builder some money. The half-spaces at the end of the parking-stall lines were painted "Motorcycle Parking."