Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, April 16

  • Sun-Times Looks at Lyft’s NYC, DC, SF Electric Bike Recall
  • Uber Had the Same Braking Problem With Its Bikes, Never Told Anyone (WaPo)
  • Woman, 73, Crashes Into Mount Greenwood CVS (NBC)
  • 2-Hour Police Chase That Started in Bridgeport Ends With Crash in Schaumburg (Sun-Times)
  • Metra Launches COPS Crime-Reporting App (Sun-Times)
  • Advocates: Illinois Should Quit Suspending Licenses for Unpaid Parking Tickets (Sun-Times)
  • Legislation Would Allow Illinoisans to Promote Potholes on a Website (WSIU)
  • New Mural Database With Help Prevent Them From Getting Accidentally Removed (Block Club)
  • He’s So Full of Ideas, and Here Are Some Good Ones: A Chainlinker’s Bikeway Proposals
  • Young Professionals in Transportation Hosts Trivia Night Wed. 5:30 at South Loop Bar Louie

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  • JeBuS

    “While the ACLU and Americans for Prosperity might not always see eye to eye on matters of policy, we can agree that it makes no sense to take away a person’s ability to drive and earn a living for reasons that have nothing to do with keeping our roads safe”

    The argument that parking tickets don’t help to keep roads safe is misguided. If you park your car in a crosswalk, that makes the road more dangerous for pedestrians. If you park your car in a bike lane, that makes the road more dangerous for cyclists. If you park your car in front of a fire hydrant, you make an entire neighborhood more dangerous.

    Parking infractions are not ‘victimless crimes’. Everyone is a victim.

  • Laroms

    How does parking beyond the meter time create a danger for bikers or pedestrians?

  • JeBuS

    It doesn’t.

  • Carter O’Brien

    So perhaps we could all put on our big people pants and agree that not feeding the meter is not the same thing as double parking in front of a hydrant or blocking a bike lane.

    Because this notion that bad drivers need society to bend over backwards to allow them to be worse drivers is not helping anything.

  • Dashcam

    The real issue here is predatory parking ticketing, especially in minority areas:

    and then using the power of the state to threaten someone’s ability to get to work, as a brass knuckle collection squeeze

  • JeBuS

    I had hoped that was self-evident. You’ll get no argument from me on that.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Mea culpa, I responded to the wrong comment.

  • Carter O’Brien

    That is a real issue, no doubt. Enforcement should be for safety reasons, and done consistently across the city, period.

  • planetshwoop

    Sure, yes. But there is a real problem that requires reform. Having your car booted after too many tickets is horribly draconian. Uneven enforcement makes this worse.

    Ultimately, the sad part is that cities (incl. Chicago) are addicted to the revenue. It’s a lot easier to levy unfair and harsh penalties on people than it is to have a sliding scale or more fairly, raise taxes.

    Ultimately I expect enforcement had a role to play in changing behaviors but we can’t enforce our way to safety for other users of roads. It’s ridden with conflict.

  • JeBuS

    Yes, there are many issues with uneven enforcement. There are also issues with some laws not being on equal footing with others when it comes to the need for draconian enforcement.

    But I am quite alright with the boot being put on a car when it gets 3 strikes against it for behavior that makes roads more dangerous, such as those listed above. I would advocate for license revocation if it were possible to prove who parked the car.

  • planetshwoop

    Really? That seems like unfair seizure of property. Stopping speeding is such a more necessary thing than parking enforcement.

  • JeBuS

    Porque no los dos?

    Why can’t we enforce all traffic laws?

  • planetshwoop

    A few reasons.

    Because enforcement doesn’t do much to change behaviors. Paying tickets for the wealthy could simply because a tax they can afford, not a social I’ll. (Lookup Comm. Bridget Gainer.)

    Unintended consequences. If you rigidly enforce the law for cars, it will mean tickets for jaywalking, or ticketing cyclists for not stopping perfectly. Drivers will rightfully demand enforcement on other modes, which is bad as the law is written as streets for cars, not for everyone.

    Last… Draconian enforcement gets closer to a police state .yuck.

    There shouldn’t be no enforcement of pasking violations. But stricter enforcement will not end the problem or likely make a dent even.

  • JeBuS

    That it disproportionately encumbered lower economic brackets is indeed a problem. But it’s one that can be solved with income-based penalties rather than fixed cost penalties.

    That it disproportionately affects people who break the law, I do not have a problem with.