This morning, I had a huge fight with a couple on a 50 cc motor scooter who took up our bike spaces (and it is LIMITED PARKING out there right now too!). They claimed it was not against the law for them to park in the bike rack on the sidewalk, but when I called our police non-emergency, the police at first said it was illegal in the City of Chicago, but after the cop came, he claimed it was NOT illegal, and it was the discretion of the property owneres to permit the scooter on the sidewalk to park.
The other property owners told me to write a letter to the property managers, but in the meantime, I needed to find the law for 50 cc motor scooters parking on sidewalks and in bike racks.
The only reason why I am so upset is because the property managers REMOVED a majority of the bike racks (which only really accomodate 2 bikes per rack) for asthetic reasons- and now they're sujecting us to even more ridiculous and cramped conditions by allowing the motor scooter to park in our spots. On any given day, there are up to 6 bikes haphazardly locked to two small sticks protruding out of the sidewalk. This is ridiculous.
Anyone that can help me here- that would be great. I wasted an hour and a half waiting for an answer this morning from law enforcement, only to deal with the we-don't-care-and-we-can't-bother-to-get-involved attitude. I now have to go to work, and I really want to get this letter out of the way before the end of the day today so the matter can be resolved.
I politely tried to explain to the motor scooter people that they take up the space of up to 3 bikes, and that our parking is limited enough already. Their response? "We don't care. All we know is that management gave us permission, and we're going to continue parking here".
All right... gotta get going to work!