Snow removal parking plan in Oak Park, IL

I always forget that when the snow falls Oak Park, IL to watch out for tickets! If there is a two-inch snowfall then the village’s Snow Removal Parking Plan goes into effect and therefore main streets must be cleared, and the influx of traffic on other streets increases.

Meaning it becomes harder to find a parking spot. And do not try to park in a spot that is already shoveled out, I did that by mistake once and got a “hey golly!” for my troubles. Seriously. Then on the side streets, it’s parking on the side of even-numbered address on even days and parking on the side of the street with odd-numbered days on odd days. Just the dumbest shit ever. And yes, I have gotten a ticket or two, for not remembering the odd day-odd parking placement requirement. This happened once when I had a day off and just slept in for the day. And the other times was when I was bedridden sick and could not go out into the cold.

These type of parking games is just infantile. I bet it probably stresses the shit out of seniors who still drive (and park on the street) when winter comes to Oak Park, IL. Because it sure unnerves the shit out of me. Plus, this type of arrangement makes me wonder why there is not an emphasis on building parking garages for rental properties or just residents in general to combat the need for such stupidity.

This is the parking rules verbatim from the article:

 

Main streets posted as snow routes must be cleared of all parked cars. These include Augusta Street, Austin Boulevard, Chicago Avenue, Division Street, Garfield Street, Harlem Avenue, Harrison Street, Jackson Boulevard, Lake Street, Madison Street, North Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Wisconsin Avenue from Madison Street to the emergency entrance of Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Non-snow route streets allow parking between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses on even days and the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd days.

Designated commercial parking areas as posted follow the odd/even rule between midnight and 8 a.m.

Snow parking rules do not override other parking regulations, such as time limitations and prohibitions.

Vehicles parked in violation of the snow restrictions are subject to ticketing and towing.

Map of snow routes where parking may be prohibited during a major snowfall

Here is the link to the article talking about the Emergency Snow removal Parking rules:

https://www.oak-park.us/news/snowfall-can-trigger-parking-restrictions

Parking tickets? No problem in Oak park, IL just forget them and be forgiven…

The village cannot get people to pay old tickets from 2004 to 2017. That is news to me because I pay my tickets all of the time. Considering there are nothing but parking restrictions and rules all around Oak Park, IL you would think this is a money maker for the village. But no, the village as one person commented in the article “Ticket amnesty program nets $60K” they were contacted about a few tickets and had to pull out some old cashed checks. Yup, dude had already paid those old tickets and because of the village’s shitty record keeping they tried to charge him twice.

That makes me wonder how many other people, are just victims of Oak Park, IL’s shitty record keeping when it comes to parking tickets. How many people just moved away and left Oak Park, IL in their far rearview mirror, and told the village to suck it with their tickets. How many tickets may have thrown away, out of pure disgust because the parking restrictions as I have aforementioned are so shitty that it is hard to keep one’s patience with the mess called “parking” in Oak Park, IL

I do have to agree that maybe many of the people who did not pay their parking tickets could have been due to socioeconomic reasons, because Oak Park, IL although has “equal housing” does not have equal parking. Getting one of the many types of stickers for parkin in the area is just archaic. I would hazard a guess it is an event praised by old retirees who have a nice 401k. But that is not mirrored by the majority of the population in the country, the area or the village. Thinking that the methodologies of times past is the best practices for the present is very incorrect and foolhardy.

Just forgiving the past tickets of those who did not pay during this amnesty time, pisses me off because again, I pay my tickets. Probably because I think the local enforcement likes to patrol my area and write those little bitches out as part of their day. But if the system is not up to date, and the cost of doing so adding to it the cost of adding these old records into the new system is high as hell… well fuck it! Maybe it is time to update the record keeping system and possibly a lot of the parking jargon that goes with it. Start with a new slate and come up with a new system and set of parking rules that all can abide by.

This is the article discussing the ticket amnesty event and how it did not go well:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-18-2019/Ticket-amnesty-program-nets-$60K/

The need for parking spaces in Oak Park, IL

I think that the village needs to eliminate some of the long large lawns in Oak Park, Il in high traffic areas and places where parking is tough. Just to adjust for the needs of this area if I am thinking then most likely the village officials have thought of it. I do not see that ideal picture of the picturesque village staying in tact in the new future. The need for parking is immense and traffic is just insane, plus the village is constantly looking for ways to make money hand over fist.

This would be a great way to do both, ease travel issues and make money. Although I see residents flipping out there may not be any other way to have a way to ease the stress on the finite resources the village has nor come up with creative solutions that actually address issues that face everyday residents. There are other suburbs that have created the face in parking in multiple places in their suburbs so why can’t Oak Park Il?

I don’t think it’s an issue of can it be done but rather if there is a desire to do so if people would be willing to do away with a couple of feet of their lawns. I believe as crazy as that sounds and as major of an issue that it would be it could be a possible solution. I am not saying it is THE solution but it could be one that serves the needs of the village the most.

Parking signs confusing? no really?

The idea that these parking signs would help is just crazy, the signs only complicates even further the confusing parking situation that is Oak Park, Il. The idea that you can put all the stupid ass information about the parking restrictions on a flat piece of metal canvas is ridiculous. Even the designer of the sign is quoted thinking that is too hopeful of a mission.

To see that other residents are having a ton of problems with these parking signs as well is fantastic I am no longer feeling alone or half as stupid as Oak Park, Il makes all of us feel. There is no shortage of miscommunication in Oak Park, Il and these signs just add on to the confusion. There are probably many stories of confusion when stupidity is prevalent and widespread as this I wonder if the people who make these decisions ever think these things through.

The village has a survey to allow you to communicate with the village about the effectiveness of these signs. Most of the questions (under seven) focus upon the ability of the readers who see these signs and how well is it communicating the consolidated messages of signs past into one. To me, the new signs are open to interpretation and when that is the case, nine times out of ten, you usually get a ticket for your troubles.

Can you imagine if you’re getting a ticket or not depends upon the interpretation of these crazy signs? If the cops are ticket happy in the first place how much of an increase in tickets issued will come as a result of this insanity? How many people receiving tickets for this approved insanity will change the course of the village of Oak Park, IL doing something that utterly makes no sense?

You can let your voice be heard it is a survey powered by survey monkey regarding the parking signs go here: oak-park.us/signsurvey

This is an interesting article about the parking signs:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-29-2017/These-parking-signs-are-confusing/

Parking in Oak Park, IL is made to be more complex that it should be.

The crazy thing is, with parking in Oak park, Il is that the village and residents make it more complex than it needs to be. I have scanned a set of directions that the village gave me for parking in the area in which I paid a permit for. Once you paid for the village sticker and the three-month area sticker, they gave you instructions that seemed like some type flight or video game instructions. It just makes things way more complicated why not just have posted signs in the area?

It is bad enough you have to move your car after 10 pm and park in the depot, then move it back to the main area after 8 am. Which if you work second shift anywhere you are in hell, why not just let people who paid for the sticker just stay there?

Then you got residents that act like the village has not pimped out that area in the first place. Coming out and “claiming” parking areas that the permission for parking has already been sold to other parties. Instead of raising hell with the drivers who only rent there, as a permanent resident, it makes sense to raise hell with the village.

Not with people who have no ties to the area, and who hold a grudge like forever. Take a look at the crazy instructions for a good laugh, although other burbs and downtown Chicago have parking rules not as bad as Oak Park, Il.