NY City Council Votes to Ease Alternate Side Parking

April 28, 2011 Updated: April 29, 2011

NEW YORK—Alternate side parking is notorious for being time-consuming and producing traffic tickets. The City Council passed a bill on Thursday that would cut one day of street cleaning from districts that are clean enough.

“It is often true that less is more, and right now New Yorkers need less burdensome parking regulations to make life a little easier,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

Legislative proponents contend that alternate side parking maintains clean streets in an orderly fashion, and isn't that difficult, especially when the car owner gets accustomed to the routine of often switching parking places.

The bill would give the option to some streets of having one less day of alternate side parking per week for each side of the street. A district's streets would qualify by having an average cleanliness rating of 90 percent or higher for two years based on the mayor's office of Operation Scorecard rating program.

“Author Calvin Trillin once joked, 'You can park your car on the streets of New York, or you can have a full-time job, but you can't possibly do both,” said Councilman Brad Lander.

To facilitate better communication to New Yorkers, the council also voted to make street closing information available online. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications will post an interactive map. This map has three topics to search through in relation to street closures: time, date, and borough. It will also provide parking regulations including temporary changes because of street closures, and requires contact information from sponsors of any event that results in streets closing.

“If there is going to be a street fair, film shoot, crane operation, or other activity on your doorstep, you should and will be able to plan around it,” said Councilman Dan Garodnick, the bill sponsor.

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