Monday, December 12, 2011

Calgary Snow Route parking bans – How they work

The City of Calgary’s plan to improve road conditions during snowy weather includes Snow Route parking bans.

“Clear roads keep Calgarians on the move and Snow Route parking bans makes curb-to-curb plowing about 30% more efficient,” says Transportation spokesperson, Julie Yepishina-Geller. “It’s also more effective at keeping the road surface passable all winter and safer for City crews.”


Parking bans – The process you should know 

Snow Route parking bans can occur when 5 cm of snow has accumulated on City streets and will continue for 72 hours or until The City lifts the ban. More information on the Snow Route parking bans is available on The City’s Snow Route parking bans Frequently Asked Questions page.

Calling a Snow Route parking ban will follow this process: 

1. Snow Event Advisory – The City wants to give Calgarians a warning that a parking ban may come into effect. If an accumulation of 5 cm or more of snow occurs on City streets, The City will issue a “Snow Event Advisory” through the media, calgary.ca/snow, the email distribution list and City social media channels – including the new Road Conditions App. This is meant to warn citizens that snow is expected and vehicles parked on Snow Routes have to be moved.

2. Snow Event declaration – Two hours after the warning, a “Snow Event Declaration” will be made. The City will declare a Snow Event and Snow Route parking bans will be in effect for 72 hours or until The City of Calgary declares they are lifted. The lift may happen sooner if the weather cooperates.

3. Snow Route parking bans lifted – The City will announce when the Snow Route parking bans are lifted through the media, calgary.ca/snow, the email distribution list, City social media platforms and the Road Conditions App.

It is important to note that there may be times when it snows heavily, but Snow Route parking bans are not warranted. Snow Event parking bans are intended to support snow clearing operations, and will only be declared when there is an accumulation of 5 cm or more of snow on the roads. Snow accumulation depends on a number of factors including wind speed and road temperatures.

So, how can Calgarians find out if a snow event is in effect or lifted? 

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