It’s that time of year again! City street cleaning starts on Monday, March 30th and runs through November. During street cleaning days, you cannot park your car on a specific side of the street in order to accommodate the street cleaner.
The way the city communicates the schedule varies by neighborhood. In parts of the Gold Coast for example, you are notified of street cleaning by permanent signs. In other areas, temporary bright orange cardboard signs are posted one day before the street will be cleaned. The problem with both methods is that depending on where you park, your view of the sign may be obstructed. So, if you notice an entire block of mostly open parking, look carefully before deciding that the parking gods must be shining upon you.
Just to be safe, you can view your street cleaning schedule ahead of time at the Streets and Sanitation webpage here. Schedules are organized by ward, and if you don’t know your ward, you can look it up at the Civic Footprint website. Alternatively, you can simply contact your alderman’s office for more information. Knowing these schedules before hand is especially important if you travel or sometimes leave your car parked on the street for more than a couple of days.
The alternative to respecting the cleaning times is a $50 ticket. Now that the city has equipped 100 street cleaners with cameras to photograph the license plates of offending cars, the Department of Revenue will be more efficient than ever in doling these out.
So, mark your calendars and make sure it’s your curb, not your wallet, that’s swept clean this season.