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Get Some Free Parking Ticket Advice, Free Money For Your Tickets

Geek Photo 2Calling all scofflaws!

MetroMile and The Expired Meter will be out at 435 N. Michigan Avenue (in front of the Tribune Tower) today at noon.

MetroMile will be handing out envelopes with $60 in cash to drivers who bring along a recent street cleaning parking ticket and can show they’ve downloaded the MetroMile app to their iPhone.

The Expired Meter’s Parking Ticket Geek will be on hand doling out parking ticket advice to any frustrated drivers trying to deal with their ticketing issues.

Come by, say hello and pick up some cash!

Second City has recently released a humorous video about Chicago’s historic pothole epidemic that pokes fun at the city’s inability to effectively deal with bone shaking condition of Chicago’s streets.

Dressed as employees of Pep Boys auto parts and repair, Second City actors thank the mayor for the city’s failure to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of potholes that have erupted after this year’s brutal winter.

“Potholes are nature’s job creators,” one actor intones.

But perhaps the video’s last line is its funniest.

“When it comes to holes,” says an actor. “You’re an ‘A’”

Drivers Rack Up Over 12,000 Parking Tickets In First Two Weeks Of Street Cleaning Season

MetroMile to Pay 100 Street Sweeping Tickets Wednesday

One of the approximately 12,000 parking tickets issued the first two weeks of street cleaning season.

One of the approximately 12,000 parking tickets issued the first two weeks of street cleaning season.

Chicago’s street cleaning season has just barely begun but drivers have already racked up over 12,000 parking tickets in the first two weeks according to data from the city’s Department of Finance.

In a response to a Freedom of Information request by the Expired Meter, the city says 12,224 parking tickets for street cleaning were issued between the April 1st start of the street sweeping and Friday, April 11th.

City data says over 250,000 street cleaning tickets totaling over $15 million in fines were issued in 2013 during the course of the eight month street cleaning season.

But there’s good news for a handful of those several thousand motorists who got stung with one of these $60 tickets.

Auto insurance company MetroMile is going to help 100 of these drivers pay their parking ticket by giving them $60 cash if they show up with their bright orange street cleaning violation in hand Wednesday at noon outside of 435 N. Michigan Avenue.

Environmentally Friendly Automotive Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

It’s Earth Day.

Many people in the U.S. and around the world celebrate this annual event to improve awareness of environmental issues.

Being environmentally responsible can  be a challenge for car owners.

Remember, many of the vital components and fluids used in automobiles are not very environmentally friendly.

Here’s a list of tips for car owners and how to be a vehicle owner and still celebrate a guilt-free Earth Day.

Video: How To Move A Bridge 1 MPH Hour At A Time

It seems moving day was a success according to DNA Info.

That 100 ton bridge that used to span Ashland Avenue was moved early Saturday morning to Western Avenue (at Bloomingdale) as part of the Bloomgindale Trail project, where it replaced another span that was removed several weeks ago.

Major Northside Streets Temporarily Closed To Move Bridge Saturday Morning

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue Saturday morning. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue several weekends ago. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Starting at 4 AM Saturday morning, a large metal bridge which previously spanned Ashland Avenue will be relocated to Western Avenue.

Temporary parking restrictions will be put in place along the bridge procession which will run from Ashland south to North Avenue, then proceeding west to Western where the bridge will hang a right to go northbound a few blocks to its final resting place–Bloomingdale Avenue.

Western Avenue will then be temporarily closed about a block in each direction at Bloomingdale starting at 6 AM until crews can safely secure the bridge. The Chicago Department of Transportation did not give an estimate of when Western would be re-opened.

Anti-Speed, Red Light Camera Groups Plan Saturday Protest

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers Saturday on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park.

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park at a similar protest last year.

Two anti-camera enforcement groups will be targeting 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett at a protest this Saturday, April 19th.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be near Union Park on the city’s near West Side from 11 AM to 2 PM with signs, fliers and manpower to remind drivers of Burnett’s part in passing Chicago’s speed camera ordinance in 2012.

“Now is the time to take action and inform the VOTERS of Chicago about what their elected officials are doing when they are not watching,” group officials say via e-mail. “It’s time to Ban The Cams!”

Burnett was a yes vote for installing speed cameras near parks and schools.

The Geek Joins Outside The Loop Radio Thursday Morning

CDOT filled over 150,000 potholes from 2010 through 2012.Outside the Loop Radio‘s Mike Stephen has a real problem with Chicago’s pothole epidemic.

Not surprisingly, so does that idiot the Parking Ticket Geek.

Stephen invites the Geek on today’s episode of Outside the Loop Radio for a bitch session about potholes and to discuss the new ParkChicago app that launched earlier in the week.

Tune in to Outside the Loop Radio at 10 AM on WLUW 88.7 FM or stream it here.

MetroMile to Pay 100 Street Sweeping Tickets; App to Send Cleaning Alerts

ticketsHate street sweeping tickets?

A company called MetroMile has an app it says can help you avoid getting tickets in the future by using GPS to alert you when your car is parked on a street scheduled for street sweeping the next day.

What’s more, the company, which is now offering its miles-based auto insurance in the area, says it will pay the street cleaning tickets of 100 drivers.

On April 23, MetroMile will be outside at 435 N. Michigan Ave. from 8 a.m. until early afternoon handing out a free device called a Metronome. At noon, the first 100 drivers who show up with a 2014 Chicago street cleaning ticket and who have downloaded the MetroMile app will get $60 toward paying their tickets, officials said.

MetroMile offers auto insurance coverage based on the miles a motorist actually drives as opposed to the typical insurance plan that charges based on an estimate of miles driven. The device plugs into a diagnostic port on cars to track miles driven and also pinpoints your car location via GPS.

Read more at DNA Info.

Listen Up! Parking Ticket Geek Joins WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift

The nice people at WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift asked that oddball character the Parking Ticket Geek, to come down to their swanky Navy Pier studios to talk parking issues Tuesday afternoon.

The discussion ranged from the newly launched ParkChicago app, restoring paid Sunday meters, street cleaning and general tips on how to fight Chicago’s parking tickets.

Thanks to Niala, Kathy, Joyce and the entire Afternoon Shift staff for inviting the Geek down. It was a lot of fun.

Have a listen