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Why have on-street parking rules changed throughout the City’s north, east and west areas?

26-Feb-2020

Parking restrictions are necessary to ensure city streets are safe, accessible and passable for motorists and emergency vehicles year round. While some municipalities prohibit overnight parking on streets, the City of Saint John uses an alternate-side parking schedule as a solution for vehicle owners who do not have regular access to off-street parking.

Prior to recent changes of the City of Saint John Traffic Bylaw, residents living in select north, east and west areas of the city followed a schedule that allowed for parking on both sides of the street during the day. An alternate side overnight parking schedule for these areas was limited to the winter season only.  While this schedule provided access for snow removal operations at night, parking on both sides of the street during the day made it difficult for day crews to clear snow safely and effectively. When the streets are not cleared back as far as possible, it narrows the roadway and presents sight line hazards. Daytime parking on both sides of the streets also impacts street maintenance services outside of the winter months, such as street sweeping and infrastructure repairs.

The new alternate side parking rules for the east, north and west areas of the City are now consistent with the rules that have been in place for the South Central Peninsula for many years.  

This schedule is in effect day and night and allows for efficient snow removal in winter as well as street sweeping, maintenance and infrastructure repair in the warmer months. Changeover days remain consistent on the 1st and 15th of the month.

When necessary, temporary overnight parking bans are called to enable City crews to push snow back to the curb on all streets. Two temporary overnight parking bans exist: one for the South Central Peninsula and one for North, East and West areas of the city. When a parking ban is declared, the City specifies the affected areas and vehicles must be moved off the streets overnight.

The City of Saint John appreciates the cooperation of all residents and vehicle owners as our crews work year round to maintain safe and accessible streets. 

Schedule G - Impacted streets

 

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