Head-Royce School has caused major parking problems in the neighborhood, especially during school and after hours non-school events. Head-Royce pays for resident parking permits on certain streets; however, the permits can only be enforced up to 6 PM Monday through Friday. Many extra-curricular and outside events take place after hours and on weekends, which continues to cause congestion in the neighborhood. Non-school participants frequently do not honor HRS recommendations or basic traffic and pedestrian laws. This results in unsafe conditions for students, visitors and neighbors alike. Although HRS provides monitors during some events, participants have shown little willingness to use HRS-provided parking, which at best is extremely limited. Weekday school pickup sees cars parked, sometimes illegally, on both sides of Lincoln Avenue as far down as Tiffin. The lack of HRS-provided parking pushes it out onto residential streets, creating dangerous congestion and unsafe conditions for students, pedestrians and other drivers on Lincoln Avenue.
Head Royce has attempted with its Traffic Management Plan to mitigate traffic impact, but traffic and parking problems persist, including:
- Illegal U-turns at intersections, many at Lincoln Avenue and Alida Street and in the middle of streets
- Blocked driveways preventing residents from leaving their homes
- Drivers speeding through narrow side streets
- Parents double parking to pick-up students mid-block on side streets
- Parents opening driver-side doors or in other ways forcing auto and bus traffic to cross the double-yellow line into oncoming traffic
- Cars parked in red zones blocking fire hydrants and bus zones
- Drivers running red lights and stop signs
- Jaywalking students and parents
- Distracted drivers endangering children walking to other schools in the area
- Engine noise lasting more than two hours a day
The traffic congestion caused by Head-Royce Schools use of public streets for private school operations is very difficult for students, staff, parents and the neighborhood.