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The City of Ithaca is considering modifications to odd/even parking regulations, which are in effect for five months each year: November 1 to April 1. Common Council is circulating these proposed changes to gather suggestions for making the rules clearer and more understandable.
Current regulations permit cars to park on only one side of the street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., with the allowable side alternating each night. The new regulations would be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Thanks to the introduction in 2017 of the City and County’s emergency alert system, Swift911, the City has been able to suspend enforcement of odd/even regulations for the majority of the winter season. Residents can sign up to be notified when odd/even will be enforced at www.cityofithaca.org/617/Emergency-Notification.
The City now typically enforces odd/even regulations only when winter storms are predicted, and during the cleanup phase after a storm. During the 2017-18 winter season, odd/even enforcement occurred on only 31 nights; similarly, enforcement was in effect on 34 nights during the 2018-19 winter season.
Under current regulations, odd/even parking rules are in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., yet DPW night crews typically only work until 3:30 a.m. This results in only 90 minutes per night when one side of the street is clear of vehicles, thereby allowing effective plowing or street sweeping to take place. Even when DPW employees are working around the clock plowing snow during and immediately following a winter storm, there is only a 4-hour period when no vehicles can be parked on one side of the road.
City residents hoping to have their streets plowed more quickly have noted that cars are typically parked well before 2 a.m., and because enforcement is now only in effect for a fraction of the year, they suggested extending the hours when odd/even is in effect. Common Council agreed to explore this change.
The new odd/even rules, in plain language, are as follows:
The actual language that will appear in the City Code can be found at the end of this message.
The new rules will eliminate the confusion that arose on the 31st of the month, which under existing rules seemed an exception to the normal pattern.
There are currently signs on the roads leading into the City announcing odd/even parking. These will be modified to reflect the new rules and will provide a link to information on the City’s website. The City has purchased www.ithacaoddeven.org so that people can easily find more detailed information about odd/even rules and whether enforcement is in effect at a given moment in time.
If you have comments, please share them with Common Council at email@example.com and with Chief of Staff Dan Cogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
§ 346-26 Overnight parking.
Effective November 1 through April 1 of each year, no vehicle shall be parked between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the odd-numbered side of a City street on even-numbered calendar days, nor on the even-numbered side of a City street on odd-numbered calendar days, except for streets or parts thereof described in Schedule XIX of the traffic regulations of the Board of Public Works, attached to and made a part of this chapter. For the purpose of this section, a night shall be deemed even-numbered if that portion thereof prior to midnight was part of an even-numbered day and odd-numbered if that portion thereof prior to midnight was part of an odd-numbered day.