The Department of Finance continues to issue citations to people who park their cars in the bike lane, violating Municipal Code of Chicago 9-40-060. The rates have been as follows:
- January to April, 5.07 citations per day
- May, 6.65 citations per day
- June, 5.87 citations per day
- July, 6.58 citations per day
- August, 4.55 citations per day
A few questions for readers:
Has this near-steady rate made a difference in your experience bicycling in Chicago, or should the City increase the ticketing rate?
When the Elston Avenue protected bike lane was being constructed between Milwaukee Avenue and North Avenue in June and July (see construction photos) cars that were parked in the bike lane (during construction) received tickets. The bike lane was incomplete, but only to those who know what a completed protected bike lane on this street would look like (it would have bollards and green pavement markings in some places). Disregarding the ban on parking during construction (when marked by temporary paper signs on nearby poles), when should parking enforcement aides begin ticketing? Should there be some kind of grace period? What about a kind of notification system that informs drivers who want to park here to avoid parking in this bikeway facility?
On the Elston Avenue bike lane, the most “violated” section was near the new restaurant and night club at the southeast corner of Elston Avenue and Division Street (Estate Ultra Bar). Do you think the City of Chicago (either the revenue or transportation department), or Alderman Burnett’s office, should contact the business to advise them of the city’s parking rules, with the expectation that the managers would pass along this information to their clients?
Updated August 31 to change Department of Revenue to Department of Finance. Updated September 5 to add August’s citation information.