Parking on a Hill – Downhill or Uphill?
Hill Park, “Fails to Angle Wheel to Kerb When Parked.”
Make sure that when you leave a motorcycle it is parked safely. Always try to park uphill.
Ensure the motorcycle is positioned either parallel or at an angle (if appropriate) with the rear wheel against the kerb.
My Driving Instructor Opinion: Obviously if parking in a bay facing downhill, if you park with your front wheel turned in toward the kerb; when leaving the bay, you would have to dangerously push the bike backward uphill to get the front wheel off the kerb. This could cause back injuries and is unsafe, due to relying on your shoe tread to grip the road surface on tiptoes.
The Official New Zealand Road Code states the following. View Here
“Parking on a steep hill can be difficult. When facing downhill the advice for a car driver is to turn the front wheels towards the kerb. Doing this with a motorcycle and placing it on the side stand may make it unstable and difficult to get upright. It may be safer to park on the other side of the road, facing uphill. Try various positions to find out what is best for your motorcycle. It should be stable and easy to lift off the side stand.”Department of Transport Alberta has this to say. View Here
“It is recommended that you do not park your motorcycle facing downhill. If you must do this temporarily, place the motorcycle at about a 45-degree angle to the curb. Ensure the motorcycle is in first gear. Lock the steering to the left. If the motorcycle does move it will likely fall to the left.”Uphill Parking:
If parking in a bay facing uphill, the most sensible method is to stop past the bay, then roll backward into the bay to place the rear wheel against the kerb, with the bike at a 45 degree angle. Exiting the bay is as simple as riding the clutch to move forward, away from the kerb.
The Official New Zealand Road Code. View Here
“Parking a motorcycle safely requires some thought. When facing uphill back the motorcycle to the kerb and leave it in gear. Don’t forget to lock it. Being at an angle to the kerb allows you to see what is coming when you start off again. See Safe riding tips for more information.”Department of Transport Alberta has this to say. View Here
“On a hill, it is best to park facing uphill. This is to prevent the motorcycle rolling forward off the stand. If a curb is present, have the rear wheel make contact with the curb to prevent the motorcycle from rolling back.”
Park in gear with the side-stand on the downhill side.
If the side-stand points uphill, the bike will be too upright to be stable.
If you can’t park it in a manner to prevent your motorcycle from rolling or becoming unstable, choose another parking place.
If you have NO OTHER CHOICE but to park facing downhill, turn off the engine with the motorcycle in first gear, and place the kick stand downhill allowing the bike to lean. if the motorcycle rolls, it will just roll off the side stand and lay on it’s side.Conclusion
It is better to park uphill, safely, or park a block away and walk back.
Now let’s look at some videos!
If you do park Downhill, Here is a solution to get out of it.