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Residents invited to talk parking for pilot study

Aug. 10, 2017 – With the goal of gathering direct feedback on improving Oak Park’s myriad of parking rules and regulations, the Village will offer four opportunities for residents to discuss their views face to face with a national consultant hired to bring a broader perspective to one of the community’s longest running and most perplexing challenges.

Information gathered at these sessions will be used to develop a pilot project to test new approaches and technologies in one of the Village’s most in-demand parking areas – South Boulevard to Madison Street and Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue.

Stakeholders from throughout the community are invited to drop by the Council Chamber in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., at 4 p.m. or 6 p.m., Tues., Aug. 22, or 7 a.m. or 11 a.m., Wed., Aug. 23.

Representatives from Dixon Resources Unlimited, a California-based company that specializes in municipal parking solutions, will join Village staff and members of the Transportation Commission in discussions of the challenges and possible solutions to parking issues in Oak Park.

If solutions can be developed for the high-demand area selected for the pilot study, officials say, they likely can be applied to other areas in the community as well.

Individuals who live, work or park in the pilot project area are especially urged to participate in one of the public discussions, but the meetings are open to all. Anyone unable to attend can share information via email to parking@oak-park.us.

A comprehensive parking study has been underway in Oak Park for the past several months. The Transportation Commission, citizen volunteers who advise the Village Board on parking and traffic policies, has been reviewing rules and regulations in various sections of the Village, including signage.

While this review will continue, officials say they hope the pilot program will offer new insights into broader parking issues.

Information on the broader parking study is posted at www.oak-park.us/whatdoyouthink.

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Comments

Submitted by Dan Masterton on

I hope that the solutions can eventually be applied to more residential areas. Overnight parking restrictions, multiple permits (I have to buy 3 where I live), frequent street sweeping periods, and metered/permitted lots within our zone make it very complicated just to park at home. We are new to Oak Park and love it a lot, but we've already gotten two tickets even while feeling we are being attentive and diligent. Here's to continued improvements!

Thanks,
Dan
123 N Humphrey Ave Apt 1E

Submitted by Katerina on

I live in Oak Park since 1994 and Parking here is one of my nightmares. There suppose to be restrictions only because they were problems of neighboring citizens parking in our streets. There was a time when only one car per family but now there is no longer that issue. Most of us have 3 or more vehicles in family. It creates nightmare for our own citizens. We need better solutions to that problems. We pay the highest Property Taxes in the nation and still have to pay additional tribute on top of that to be able use our vehicles.

Submitted by Jordi Tauler on

I agree. Y4 overnight parking. Lately very difficult to find a spot after 6 PM !!! Getting worse. A few times ended up parking in another spot a setting overnight parking through Passport Parking.
Also, I don't understand the cleaning work. In our side of Washington Blvd we can not park on Wednesdays from 8 AM to 10 AM. I've got several tickets on top of paying overnight parking. Days are busy and these rules make things more difficult. On top of that I have pictures that show that cleaning is not quite good.
I am not sure about solutions but a more dynamic system has to be implemented that could allow flexibility when overnight spots for each zone are gone. This system should be working with an online system through smartphone app. Or maybe the concept of overnight zone is not useful anymore.
Also, people need to be aware that parking your car in these zones is not easy and should try to park better. Several times, if cars were parked close to one another it would be easy to get an extra spot.

Submitted by Amy Rosenthal on

I, too, would love to see less complicated and restrictive processes for obtaining parking permits (now in person, on paper rather than online and printable or with electronic registration; 20 at a time) in residential areas and more accessibility for people to park on the streets. Parking restrictions on my street are such that it is difficult to have multiple visitors that stay overnight -- despite the fact that there is often more than enough space for cars to park. I'd love to see some rethinking and adjustments on the design of parking permitting and a loosening of very difficult-to-comply-with regulations. Thank you!

Submitted by Colleen on

I work at the Hephzibah group home and parking is an absolute nightmare on Clinton and Home. I have gotten 3 tickets so far because the signs are so confusing and change from day to day. We really need to find a better solution to parking.

Submitted by Dawn on

I've filled out at least two parking surveys in the 18 years or so that I've lived in Oak Park and no significant changes were made. It's still a byzantine system and the homeowners always shoot down allowing 24/7 parking for the rest of us who live in multitenant buildings. I pay about $700 a year to park on my street (which requires one annual and four quarterly permits) and parking is still a hassle. Meanwhile, enforcement is inconsistent and lax, so people who have expired and no permits park overnight in the permit zone, often with no consequences. I've called the parking office multiple times (hello, Jennifer, who was going to call me back three days ago) and again, nothing changes. SOS, different day.

Submitted by G on

I live at Washington Blvd/Maple and I park (24h)almost a mile from where I live, which makes it really unconvenient and a hassle making all that walk especially in a rainy/ freezing weather. We really like OP, but we are leaving it as soon as we finish school!

Submitted by Craig on

Parking in Oak Park is ridiculous. We need three permits to park where we live and with two cars, it's astronomical to say the least. I feel that oak park is taking advantage of condo owners / renters who cannot afford to buy a home with parking. To top things off, the cost of getting a ticket is $40 plus another $30 if late. I don't feel charging such a high penalty is right to do to hard working, tax paying citizens. I feel we should pay one permit to park year round and fines should be lowered.

Submitted by Ahmed Zeedia on

I really like staying here, but paying that much for parking is way too much. I paid so far over $ 400 for STREET parking only. Knowing that I moved in March 2017. And to make things worse, I get a scratch on my car almost everyday!! So i'm losing money everyday for parking and my car's value is going down only from parking there.

Submitted by Maple on

I agree with everyone , the restrictions are insane . It's not safe to walk a mile from a garage at night and in the cold. This needs to change...

Submitted by James Gates on

Count me as an emphatic NO to the proposed pilot. I attended and offered Public Comment at the 11/27/17 Transportation Commission meeting. I thanked the volunteer commissioners for their conscientious public service, but when the meeting adjourned around 10:00 PM, I was more convinced than ever that the required due diligence in a number of areas from logistics to technology to plus/minus revenue risks to a lack of any statistically significant data on resident input on the pilot program or “easing” parking in Oak Park has simply not been done to anything but a cursory degree. I want to be clear that I do NOT fault the Transportation Commission for this due diligence miasma, but this is a rush to change for the sake of change alone without thoughtful concern for the impact on the character of the village or the efficacy of the action. I expect far more responsible stewardship from the elected officials I helped vote into office. So, add me to the residents who oppose any “easing” of the overnight parking ordinances. The actual place to look at overnight parking ordinances is to start enforcing the ones already in place. Our block has first-hand experience with the fact that there is no fidelity to enforcing the current ordinances. Thus, I have no confidence that a much more complicated overnight parking process, would be enforced.

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