Wow, insuring my little Yamaha BWS scooter right before the Olympics will go down as one of those "What would I ever have done if I hadn't have done that?" ideas because it has seriously made my life so much easier and has allowed me to see a ton more Games related stuff around the city. Not only does it use less gas, take up less room on the road and cost less to insure than my car ($200 a YEAR is what it costs to insure!) but there is some sort of unwritten law in the city where you can park in front of or behind a line of cars... anywhere. Like, if there are ten cars all sitting in front of meters you can pull up behind the last one or in front of the first one and park there. I've done this for a year and a half and every time I ask a meter-person what the rule is they simply shrug and tell me that everybody does it and that nobody every gets ticketed for it.
This is a picture of my scooter parked in front of a car right outside of the Roundhouse, literally 20 steps from the front entrance to the insanely busy LiveCity Yaletown venue, and a few steps from the Roundhouse where I was going to see Dan Mangan. Parking spots like this have been the norm for me since the games started, I basically pull up right in front of wherever I'm going and park. Awesome. Thanks to TravelSmart 2010 for kicking my butt into planning ahead!!!