Our downtown parking committee recently approved changing 5 vehicular parking spaces into "motorcycle parking spaces", delineating them with signs and diagonal striping. Keep in mind that these stalls are going to be shortened from the typical vehicle stall to help define them as "MOTORCYCLE PARKING ONLY". We are a midwestern town that gets its fair share of inclement weather. Basically, these spaces are (will be) useless for 4-5 months of the year, when people aren't riding motorcycles. We get a decent amount of motorcycle traffic in the summer, but I would think that the riders would like to use vehicular spaces, as they can park more bikes in them. Nonetheless, the bar owners are requesting that these spaces get delineated for the motorcycles only. Our committee feels that if it will help the adjacent business (the bars), then it is worth a try. I think the bar owners are near-sighted and business may suffer in the winter due to the lack of nearby parking. Has anyone else run into a similar situation? Any suggestions? I can foresee more of these requests coming from other bars in our downtown.