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Motorcycle Parking in Evanston

Does anyone know what the deal with street parking a motorcycle in Evanston is?

In Chicago, you can park it anywhere there isn't a pay box without a permit, but the only thing Evanston's website says is that a vehicle sticker is required for every vehicle kept in Evanston, but nothing really technical about parking a motorcycle on a residential street or if a permit is required.

Does anyone have experience commuting to Evanston on motorcycle or know if I can park on a street without a permit?
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Depending on the area, there are a lot of residential parkinkg only areas, so be careful. Give more info and I can guide you in the right direction.

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I live in Evanston and I park it in my apt's garage (#1 priority for finding my apt was to have my own garage so I can do work on my bike), so I don't know about bike parking. HOWEVER, they are super anal about cars so I don't think they give bikes any quarter (pun kinda intended).

I saw a guy's bike parked on the street by me. He had a zone parking sticker affixed to the rear fender and a little city "tag" clipped to his plate.
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Sidenote: Try to find sections where you don't need a residential zone sticker and you might be ok.
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Sidenote: Try to find sections where you don't need a residential zone sticker and you might be ok.
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Make sure you follow the signs. The signs are very confusing in Evanston, so as long as you follow them you won't have an issue.
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If it's a nice bike (or maybe even if it isn't), find a garage or kiss it goodbye. No joke.
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If it's a nice bike (or maybe even if it isn't), find a garage or kiss it goodbye. No joke.
Yep, nice shiny bikes get stolen off the street. The only street parked ones that haven't been stolen are a rashed 90's GSXR, an old FJ1200 and a honda nighthawk.

Oh and sorry dude, no room in my garage, its packed to the gills with bikes, parts and tools :-(
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Evanston is probably one of the most confusing / difficult towns to park in. Then add in the days for street cleaning and other unique scenarios. It's tough to not get a ticket in that town.

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Evanston is probably one of the most confusing / difficult towns to park in. Then add in the days for street cleaning and other unique scenarios. It's tough to not get a ticket in that town.
MMMHMMM!!!!!
I have already 3 parking tickets since I moved in last year!
Parking downtown: expensive and hard to find open meters
Residential Parking: you can't park on one side on tues and can't park on the other side on wed, Oh and be sure to have a permit. Then when winter strikes, if you did not move your car to the right side of the street when they "announce" snow plowing, you are fucked (they announce it via air raid siren....when you are at work).
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I lived in Evanston for over five years and I received one parking ticket. Yes, sometimes it is a pain in the ass to find a convenient parking spot downtown, but the same applies to a shopping mall like Old Orchard or Woodfield. As long as you pay attention to your surroundings, you should not have an issue.

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Yeup. Had a friend living down there. I would only leave my bike at his girlfriend's parent's house. Not leaving that shit on the side of maple.
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