Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 Things you should know about Snow Route parking bans in Calgary

What is a Snow Route parking ban?
A Snow Route parking ban is a temporary parking restriction that can be put into effect during a Snow Event on roads that are designated as Snow Routes. Snow Route parking bans are intended to support snow clearing operations by removing vehicles from the streets and enabling crews to plow the roads more efficiently and effectively. Snow Routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes, and are marked throughout the city by blue signs with a white snowflake icon.

Check out the map to see specific Snow Route locations. Snow Route parking bans will be declared by The City. When a parking ban is declared, vehicles parked on Snow Routes must be moved from the street until the ban is lifted.

Can I park on the road after my street has been plowed?
No. Snow plows often return to the same locations multiple times to ensure the snow is cleared as thoroughly as possible. Snow Route parking bans are in effect for 72 hours following a declaration. If you are unsure if you can park, check Calgary.ca/snow or call 3-1-1 to find out if the Snow Route parking ban is still in effect.

Can I park in areas like Kensington, Marda Loop, 17 Avenue, 4 Street SW, the downtown core and Bridgeland?
Some Snow Routes located in downtown or in Business Revitalization Zones (BRZ) have time-sensitive e parking bans that are only in effect overnight (between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when a parking ban is in effect). Check out the map for further information.

What are my options for finding alternative parking in the city during a Snow Event?
Calgarians living and/or working on Snow Routes are encouraged to find alternate parking in a garage, underground parkade, surface lot or on secondary side streets. The Calgary Parking Authority will also provide free overnight parking in their parkades and surface lots during Snow Events. Visit the Calgary Parking Authority for information on lot locations.

What will happen to vehicles if they are not moved from a Snow Route during a Snow Event?
Snow Route parking bans are new to Calgary and every effort will be made to ensure that citizens are aware that when a Snow Event is declared. Enforcement from the Calgary Parking Authority will be coordinated with snow clearing operations. Vehicles that remain parked on Snow Routes during a Snow Event are subject to enforcement, up to and including a parking tag and tow.

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