Moreno Pushes Bike Racks, Drops F-Bomb On LAZ

You know the parking meter lease deal is unpopular when even bicycle riders hate it.

This revelation came back in March, when Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) was meeting with bike riders to discuss different pro-cycling initiatives after Moreno uttered a naughty word toward LAZ Parking the on the street face of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, according to Chicago’s bicycle news correspondent John Greenfield in TimeOut Chicago.

Asked how meter lessee LAZ Parking would react to the loss of revenue if car spaces were removed, Moreno responded, “Fuck ’em.” The crowd of cyclists went wild.


According to the piece, Moreno working with CDOT to have on street bike racks installed on Milwaukee Ave. near the intersection of North Ave./Damen that will take out 20 feet of automobile street parking.

Moreno’s also considering installing a segregated bike lane along Milwaukee Ave. from California to Division.

While the on-street bike racks may take out two parking spaces, the dedicated bike lanes proposed by Moreno would take out hundreds of parking spots. Taking out these spots would potentially cost the city millions of dollars in compensation per the parking meter lease agreement unless Moreno and the city can find new locations for these displaced parking spots.

Here’s Greenfield’s full story, “Chicago’s first on-street bike parking.”

15 Responses to Moreno Pushes Bike Racks, Drops F-Bomb On LAZ

  1. glg says:

    ooh, what a rebel.

  2. Drew says:

    Ok,

    I’m Tempted to move to 1st Ward so I can vote for him.

  3. DoR Employee says:

    Ok…

    I should move from 20 to 1st ward. They have a Real Alderman.

  4. Its 267 says:

    Morons, all of you. Seriously. Let me count the ways.

    LAZ is the OPERATOR, they don’t give a crap about revenue.

    Chicago Parking Meters LLC is the lessee, but taking out spaces won’t matter to them either.

    The only one getting “Fucked” that Ald Moreno doesn’t care about is…wait on it…the City.

    I continue to be shocked at the level of ignorance regarding this deal and the fact that the people who have no clue what they are talking about are the ones talking the loudest.

    So go ahead and move to a ward where the alderman is a moron, birds of a feather and all that.

  5. Drew says:

    Its 267;

    Not that I should have to point this out…but I will:

    LAZ/CPM : Revenue from Pay Boxes and Pay Lots Only.

    City of Chicago: Revenue generated from Expired Meter Tickets

  6. its267 says:

    Drew,

    You are half right. CPM gets the revenue from Pay Boxes and Pay Lots. LAZ gets a management fee.

    CPM also gets paid by the City when the City takes out meters. So Moreno doesn’t care if he screws over the very people that elected him. And his solution? Well just break a contract and let them sue us! Wow, the 1st Ward really elected a bright little fella there didn’t they.

    I’ll say it again, morons.

  7. David says:

    Are there any rules about the “hours” in the contract. Thus, for example, if the meters on Milwaukee currently run from 9 am to 9 pm could the city make the Bike Lanes operate from 6 am to 1 pm, the parking spots from 1 to 3:30, Bike Lanes from 3:30 to 8:30 and Parking again from 8:30 pm to 6 am. CPM still gets their 12 hours and us alternate transportation people get our Bike Lanes. Creative solutions. Of course the easy solution is to pass a law making it illegal to spend government resources to enforce private rights through the issuance of tickets. CPM wants to “collect” from people that do not pay, they can do what anyone who isn’t paid can do. They can go to Court. No other business has the police and the government acting as their enforcers to obtain payment. The deal was bad enough. But to add salt to the wounds, we are paying to “enforce” the deal.

  8. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Your thinking is creative David. But, from my understanding of the contract, changing the hours to times when less cars are parked, would constitute a revenue impact and CPM could ask payment for this lost revenue.

    The problem with Moreno’s proposal is that hundreds of metered parking spots would be displaced. Moreno would have to re-locate the spots elsewhere in the city or put the city on the hook for millions of dollars of lost revenue to CPM.

    In my opinion, as much as I like Moreno and his creative ideas, I don’t see how he can pull this off. It just seems fiscally impossible.

  9. DoR Employee says:

    David…

    Point 1: The City Owns the Meters. The City Enforces the meters. IT is a Lease. CPM is required to maintain and service the meters. In trade for the funds collected.

    Now…I am of a different opinion…

    Make a Meter Ticket 10 bucks.

    No one will pay the meter because who cares about a 10 dollar ticket?

    CPM will cancel the lease as they are allowed to…and Awwww; not be entitled to a refund because the city didn’t change the meter rules.

  10. Bob Foster says:

    Nice try DoR but no Cigar. The lease agreement has wording that maintains a parking fine penalty to meter rate ratio for the entire 75 year term. Lower the fine below the ratio, and you guessed it, the city owes CPM money. It’s my understanding that these infrastructure deals rum up legal bills in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars just to prepare for the bid. With city lawyers, Chicago brought a knife to a gun fight.

  11. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Bob is absolutely right.

    There’s language within the contract that gives a simple formula to determine a floor on how low fines for expired meter tickets can go. In fact, down the road, if meter rates continue to climb, fines theoretically would be forced to increase (or the city would have to pay CPM compensation).

    So, DoR’s $10 fine idea makes sense on the surface, but not when you take the details of the contract into consideration.

  12. DoR Employee says:

    I’d like to see that part of the lease…

    Photo and posted please.

  13. Bob Foster says:

    DoR,

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.chicityclerk.com/journals/2008/dec4_2008/120408_SP.pdf

    Section 7.8 (e): Rate to Fine Multiple

    Basically it says if the City does not hold up their end of the bargain and as you suggested lowers the parking meter fines below the multiple, it reduces the value of the system and triggers a payment to the concession.

    As I said, they brought a knife to a gun fight.

  14. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Hey Bob!

    Thanks for posting that. I’ve been swamped at work and didn’t get a chance t post it.

    I think Ald.Waguespack’s website has the full lease deal available for download too.

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