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  • CDOT: After 3.2 Million Rides, There Have Only Been 18 Divvy Crashes (DNA)
  • What Do Commuters Think About the New Cermak-McCormick Green Line Station? (RedEye)
  • Driver Who Blew Light in Crystal Lake, Seriously Injuring Man, Charged With DUI (Sun-Times)
  • 43rd Ward Candidates’ Responses to Transpo Survey From Active Trans & BWLP (DNA)
  • Sawyer, Emanuel Propose Alternate Side Parking to Expedite Side Street Plowing (NBC)
  • Marketing Profs Skeptical That Ad Campaign Will Convince Drivers to Switch Modes (RedEye)
  • CTA Courtesy Campaign to Target Littering, Loud Cell Phones, and Space Hogging (Sun-Times)
  • Fact-Checking Uber’s Claims That the Service Benefits Drivers and Riders (TouchVision)
  • Evanston Workshop Encourages Seniors to get “Back in the Saddle Again” (Tribune)
  • Video: Kevenides Blazes a Trail Through Snow-Clogged PBLs During Last Week’s Blizzard
  • Fort Lauderdale-Themed Bus Shelter Brings the Beach to State and Adams (DNA)

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  • jeff wegerson

    Alternate side street parking. Hmmm. Interesting idea. It works in the summer for street sweeping. I suppose one could argue that there is less alternative parking after a snow event. I don’t know if it would be reasonable to lose the parking for half a day (or even two hours) instead of all day, but that would help.

    The penalty for not moving your car: a giant mound of snow against your bumper.

  • what_eva

    It’s a little annoying seeing this article act like it’s a revolutionary concept. Many suburbs do it. Minneapolis does it.

    The Minneapolis model works well. No parking on arterials overnight when there is a storm. Odd/Even on side streets during the day, but you *can* park on the arterials during the day.

    Evanston also handles this pretty well with an odd/even policy. A couple cops and some tow trucks go ahead of the plows. Cop goes down a street on the loudspeaker “move your cars, move your cars”, you have about 5-10 minutes, then the tow trucks pick up any cars left. Plow comes through, tow trucks put the cars back or on an adjacent street with a $75 ticket.

  • Evanston (and Skokie, also usually heralded as “really good at” dealing with snow clearance, potholes, etc), has a far smaller street area per population and funding unit, meaning they can DEVOTE fleets of plow, tow trucks, and cops to go down every single street when there’s a snow situation.

    Chicago numerically cannot do this in any meaningful way, without a massive increase in available resources.

  • what_eva

    Smaller street area per population? I don’t get that comment at all. All I can get out of that is “higher population density per street”, which I’m sure you don’t mean.

    Smaller street area per funding unit just makes things more complex in the city.

    The city already has the plows, it wouldn’t need to be a cop, it could be DoR instead to make announcements and write the tickets and the tow trucks in Evanston aren’t city trucks, they’re private trucks who get paid out of the ticket revenue.

  • I meant per funding, not per person, you’re right. If we have $X,000 dollars per year in total city funding, and Y lane-miles of street, X/Y is much higher in Evanston and Skokie: they can sustain the expense.

    The city has plows. They don’t have two tow trucks and a cop car that can be spared to follow every plow around. We haven’t even had enough cop cars to ticket drivers for broken headlights, shattered windscreens, or blowing red lights for over a decade, why do you think we can afford to ticket people for parking in the path of a snowplow (when the cops are already working past capacity every day)?

  • BlueFairlane

    Ever watch the street sweeper go through in the summer? There’s a parking cop on a bicycle riding ahead of the sweeper, putting tickets on windshields. I see no reason why they couldn’t do the same in winter.

  • Where do you live that you’ve seen that? I never have.

    I was told once (possibly in error) that the street sweepers had a license plate camera to issue automatic tickets.

  • BlueFairlane

    Logan Square. I’ve seen it every time I’ve been home on street sweeper day.

  • what_eva

    There’s no good reason the city couldn’t fund plowing to the same level Evanston and Skokie do instead of blowing it on any number of stupid things like arenas.

    As for the tows/ticketing, as I said before, the city doesn’t need to supply tows, they could be paid out of the ticket revenue, as could a couple of DoR ticketers instead of cops.

  • what_eva

    cop or DoR? ie police uniform with a badge or city hires vest?

  • Well, they don’t do it in Austin or Albany Park, which are where I’ve lived for the past ten years. They just send a sweeper through at speed and go around any cars left sitting there.

    Sometimes a ticket dispenser (on foot) comes around separately, which leads to my neighbors complaining that they got ticketed before or after the sweeper came around, even though they were careful not to be there WHEN the sweeper came around.

    Tickets are sometimes issued as late as six hours after sweeping.

  • BlueFairlane

    I’ve seen both. I see the guys in the vests more frequently, but I do on occasion see uniform guys.

  • R.A. Stewart

    What you’ve observed sounds like how it’s done in our neighborhood, in West Rogers Park. Interesting how it seems to be done differently in different parts of the city.

    I’m not aware of our neighbors getting ticketed hours after the sweeper comes through, but I can’t say I’m surprised to hear of it.

  • Sometimes the people taking the signs down are ticketing too (if they’re doing it the same day; usually they get left up for days).

    The one that annoys me more is when the signs go up at 10:30PM of the evening before the sweeping is to occur, or even (and I saw this) as late as 7AM on the day itself.

    For myself, I have an app that keeps hooked into the city database of what days my block gets swept and check it, so I know well ahead of time, but my less-connected neighbors can get screwed (if they actually ticket that time, which they don’t always).