The Star’s analysis of ticket records shows some of the city’s most risky spots to park illegally.
MOST TICKETS FOR PARKING IN A DISABLED SPOT WITHOUT A PERMIT: Kensington Community School, College St. near Bathurst St.
“They don’t read the sign,” the parking enforcement officer said, with weary scorn, as he gazed at the Acura SUV parked for at least half an hour Tuesday afternoon in one of two disabled spots near the school entrance.
Two minutes later, a man in a white shirt hurried toward him with a sheepish explanation: He hadn’t read the sign.
“That’s a $450 ticket, my friend,” the officer, who would not provide his name, responded. The man gave him an extra-sheepish face. With a reporter watching, the officer decided to be merciful. “Just move it,” he said, then walked away.
Officers issued 3,483 tickets for parking without permits in the two disabled spots, which are on College St. itself, between 2008 and this year — nearly double the number handed out at the next-most-abused disabled spot, near a busy downtown McDonald’s.
Local councillor Adam Vaughan said the Kensington spots are needed by families of students with disabilities. “The sign is there because of programs available at the school. And it’s just a question of people respecting the needs of folks with disabilities,” he said.
The man in the white shirt? Unrepentant.
“I went to the doctor,” he said, refusing to give his name. “I had a doctor’s appointment. And I parked because I saw all the other cars in front; I paid. I didn’t see the sign. I just looked at the cars. Everybody was parked there. Anyway.” He drove off.
Top 10 most-ticketed disabled spots:
• Kensington school, College St. at Bathurst St.: 3,423
• Grenville St., near Women’s College Hospital: 1,738
• Murray St., beside Mt. Sinai Hospital:1,702
• Woodbine racetrack and slots: 1,628
• Chestnut St., behind City Hall: 1,370
• St. George Street, near U of T bookstore: 942
• James St., beside Eaton Centre and Old City Hall: 909
• Queen St. E. near Victoria Park Ave.: 908
• Little Norway Cres., near Little Norway Park: 829
• Asquith Ave., near Toronto Reference Library: 703
MOST TICKETS FOR PARKING TOO CLOSE TO A CROSSWALK: Cumberland St., Yorkville
Don’t get him started on this godforsaken fancypants street.
Ron, an Intek Commucations technician doing work for Rogers, has parked his truck a couple of metres from the Cumberland St. crosswalk — not even close to the nine metres required. But he can’t legally park anywhere else nearby: until 6 p.m., most of this narrow Yorkville boulevard is classified as a loading zone.
“That’s why I hate working up here,” he said Tuesday. “A lot of the techs hate it.”
The Cumberland crosswalk, which helps people get from the Bay Station subway entrance to drunken fun at Hemingway’s and exorbitantly priced fun at Hugo Boss, was responsible for 8 per cent of all crosswalk tickets issued in Toronto between 2008 and this year: 1,317 tickets. No other crosswalk had more than 519 tickets.
Top 10 most-ticketed spots near a crosswalk:
• 1,317 – Cumberland St., near Bay St. subway entrance
• 519 – Elizabeth St., near Toronto General Hospital and Sick Kids
• 218 – Beverley St., near Queen and Spadina
• 199 – Bathurst St., just north of College
• 188 – Gerrard St. E., near Coxwell St.
• 155 – Augusta Ave.
• 154 – Thorncliffe
• 131- Phoebe St., near Queen and Spadina
• 130 – Grand Trunk Cres. near York St.
• 104 – St. George St. at Robarts Library
MOST TICKETS FOR PARKING TOO CLOSE TO A FIRE HYDRANT: Elm St., near Bay St.
Cabbies taking a break before joining the long taxi line in the Delta Chelsea hotel driveway sometimes idle or park in front of the hydrant across the street. Asked Tuesday whether he had ever been ticketed, a Crown driver said “not yet” — then, alarmed, moved to a no-more-legal spot across the street, only to be replaced in the illegal hydrant spot by a Nissan driver who jogged to the office building on the corner.
The Elm St. hydrant has drawn steadily fewer tickets since 2008 — a mere 268 in 2011, down from 1,331 — but it remains the city’s champion for now.
The top 10 most-ticketed fire hydrants:
• Elm St., across from Delta Chelsea hotel: 2,922
• Wellington St. E., across from Berczy Park: 2,546
• University Ave., near Zurich Canada building: 2,299
• Merton St., near Davisville Station: 1,965
• Elmhurst Ave. near Beecroft Rd. in North York: 1,867
• The Esplanade, near Old Spaghetti Factory: 1,727
• Yonge St., one block south of Finch Ave.: 1,694
• Bellevue Ave., Bathurst St. And Dundas St. Area: 1,611
• College St. at Beatrice St., near Ossington Ave.: 1,602
• University Ave., near Canada Life building: 1,527