The Lowdown On Driving, Parking Pickup Trucks In Chicago
Why can pickup trucks be ticketed for parking on residential streets?
WBEZ’s Curious City series tackles these questions in a recently posted story.
While Chicago Public Radio reporter Lauren Chooljian began digging around City Hall trying to find someone who knew why pickup trucks, like all trucks and commercial vehicles are banned from Lake Shore Drive, she couldn’t get anyone to officially answer her question.
However, she did speak to a map expert with an interest in Chicago history who believes the LSD truck ban harkens back to the late 1800′s.
“It (Lake Shore Drive) was to be a pleasure drive,” Dennis McClendon explains. “It was not to be a traffic carrying arterial, it was a way to enjoy the park in your carriage or your brougham.” (A brougham being a light carriage that was drawn by a single horse.)
The tradition of prohibiting trucks of any kind to travel upon Lake Shore Drive still stands today.
Chooljian also delves into the tangled mess of a law pertaining to parking pickup trucks on a Chicago residential street and gives a pretty decent primer on this issue as well.
Here’s the full story, “Question answered: Why ban pickups from Lake Shore Drive? Where can they park?”