The City of Ithaca is considering modifications to odd/even parking regulations, which go into effect from November 1 to April 1. The Common Council is circulating the proposed changes to gather suggestions for making the rules easier for residents to understand. Current regulations permit cars to park on only one side of the street between 2 and 6 a.m. with allowable side alternation each night. The new regulations would extend this and go into effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
In 2017, the City and County introduced their Swift911 emergency alert system which has helped residents to better inform residents when odd/even parking will go into effect during the winter season. Residents can sign up to be notified when odd/even will be enforced at www.cityofithaca.org/617/Emergency-Notification.
Odd/Even parking regulations are only implemented when winter storms are predicted, and during the cleanup after a storm. During the 2017-2018 winter seasons, odd/even enforcement occurred on 31 nights with that number increasing to 34 during the 2018-2019 winter season.
While current regulations are in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., DPW night crews typically work until 3:30 a.m. This results in only 90 minutes per night when one side of the street is clear of vehicles, allowing effective plowing or street sweeping to take place. Even when DPW employees are working around the clock to plow snow, there is only a 4-hour period when vehicles cannot be parked on one side of the road.
City residents who are hoping to have their streets plowed quicker, noticed that cars are typically parked before 2 a.m. they have suggested extending the hours when odd/even parking is in effect. Common Council agreed to explore this change with the new rules, in plain language, as follows:
From 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street.
From 7 p.m. on an even-numbered day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the even side of the street.
The new rules will eliminate the confusion that arose on the 31st of the month, which under existing rules seemed to be an exception to the normal pattern. Signs are along roads leading into the city announcing odd/even parking. These will be modified to reflect the new rules and can also be viewed on the new city website, www.ithacaoddeven.org, for residents to view them.