HIGHLAND PARK — Jane Parshall had never heard of the Amgen Tour of California, the nation’s largest bike race, until it was too late. On Sunday morning, Parshall discovered that her Volvo station wagon had been impounded because it had been parked on Piedmont Avenue, part of the route the elite cyclists took as they raced through on their way to the finish line in Pasadena. When Parshall went to claim her Volvo, she ran into many other Northeast L.A. residents whose vehicles had also been impounded for being left on the route.
Parshall, whose neighbor’s Honda Fit was also towed, said residents had not been given enough time to see the signs and avoid getting their vehicles impounded.
“None of us saw the [no parking] signs until today,” Parshall said in an email sent on Sunday. “We think the city should have properly (and in a timely fashion) informed the residents of the streets where the race would take place, and would like to protest the charges.”
The tour’s course changes every year, with the 2015 route sending riders circling around downtown Los Angeles before zipping through Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock on the final leg of the race.
It’s not clear how many motorists had their car impounded on Sunday. But when Parshall went to recover her vehicle at the impound lot late Sunday morning, there were at least half a dozen other people in line whose vehicles had also been towed for the same reason.
Parshall had to pay $277.80 in fines and towing fees.