Neighbors concerned about illegal parking by Orange Line riders; Sheriff's Office cites violators, reminds citizens of ordinances


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:37 a.m.


Deputy at work.Following the successful opening of TriMet's new MAX Orange Line, citizens living in neighborhoods at the south end of the line at Park Avenue have repeatedly contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to complain about parking violations in their area. The Sheriff's Office is issuing citations and wants to remind drivers to be mindful of parking ordinances -- saving drivers costly fines.

In addition to contacting the Sheriff's Office, frustrated neighbors in the Park Avenue area have taken to leaving handwritten notes on vehicles improperly parked on their streets -- vehicles seen blocking driveways, mailboxes, fire hydrants, traffic lanes and more.

Blocking a fire hydrant or traffic lane can present a significant public-safety issue.

Deputies have been dispatched to the area to issue citations -- sometimes writing up to 10 citations a day on a single street.

We want to remind citizens of the following parking ordinances:

  • No parking within 12 feet of a mailbox
  • No blocking of driveways
  • Streets need to be left adequately wide for safe passage of fire trucks and other vehicles. There should be at least 18 feet of unobstructed street width between parked cars --
  • No parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection
  • No parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  • No parking in bike lanes
  • Be mindful of no-parking zones and signage

Clackamas County traffic and parking ordinances can be found online here.

Citizens can initiate a traffic complaint by calling dispatch at (503) 655-8211, mailing us a Traffic Complaint form (PDF format), or by using the online Traffic Complaint form.

The Sheriff's Office and TriMet want to remind riders of their options and ask if parking on local streets to do so safely and lawfully. Orange Line riders can use the SE Park Ave Park & Ride or the SE Tacoma/Johnson Creek Park & Ride. Both fill up early. If no spaces are available, consider the Milwaukie Park & Ride, located at Main & Milport, a short bus ride on Line 34 or Line 99 to the SE Tacoma Station. Plan your trip using TriMet's online Trip Planner.

Also consider "green" options -- including walking, biking, carpooling and bus connections -- when traveling to the Orange Line.

The North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District's Trolley Trail connects to the SE Park Ave Station. There are bike parking facilities at both SE Park and SE Tacoma stations, including 145 secured bike parking spaces.

TriMet bus Line 32-Oatfield (serving Oatfield Road, Gladstone and Oregon City), Line 33-McLoughlin/King Rd (serving McLoughlin Boulevard, Gladstone and Oregon City) and Line 34-Linwood/River Rd (serving River Road, Gladstone and Oregon City) connect with the Orange Line at the Milwaukie/Main St Station.

B-roll video for news outlets (.mp4 format) of deputies at work issuing citations in the area can be downloaded from this Dropbox link.

Photos of deputies at work are also linked above. 


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office