CDOT Programs Eliminating Street Parking Getting Mixed Reaction
Recent programs being spearheaded by the Chicago Department of Transportation are, in some cases, removing parking spaces for motor vehicles.
But the public seems to be divided on the issue.
Bike stations for CDOT’s brand new Divvy bike share initiative are in some locations being placed where they eliminate street parking. DNA Info reports about one such location in Wicker Park.
Initially, CDOT had placed the Divvy station in the 1300 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Wood St.) which took up over two metered parking spaces. The station was then moved to Wood Street where it now eliminates five to six free parking spots.
This move has angered at least one local business owner.
In a similar vein, CDOT’s “People Spot” program places chairs and tables surrounded by barriers on streets adjacent to the curb. Again, in some cases these People Spots remove street parking.
According to DNA Info, the People Spots have many fans. Although, a People Spot planned for a location on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park is getting some resistance from Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).
Waguespack doesn’t seem to have a problem with the concept, but in this particular case this new People Spot would take up two metered parking spots. Because of the parking meter lease deal, City Hall is telling Waguespack the city would have to install 10 new metered parking spots on another block to compensate the meter company for the lost revenue from the two metered spots eliminated on Damen.
Read the two stories from DNA Info on the subject: