February 2, 2014
I plan to go to court tomorrow to plead not guilty for failure to adhere to 111.16 on the basis that no signs are posted informing me of parking restriction and that the venturing outdoors during subzero weather would be adverse to my health. I will take my two types of asthma inhalers to support my being treated for this condition. I will of course accept the judge’s decision and pay the prescribed fine.
Regardless of the judge’s ruling, however, I feel this ordinance is a hardship for those of residents without off-street parking privileges. I think I see the need for alternate side-of-the-street parking , but this same-side-of-the-street game of musical cars is difficult to play and, if everyone played it, would result in increased carbon emissions and personal agita.
I did a bit of researched and discovered that both Buffalo and Syracuse have 24 hour parking limits:
SEC. 9.09. PARKING HOURS. Parking on streets shall be limited as follows:
Subd. 1. It is unlawful for any person to stop, park or leave standing any vehicle upon any street for a continuous period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours.
I must say their ordinance is also a problem because of this:
Subd. 4. For the purpose of enforcement of this Section, any vehicle moved less than one block in a limited time parking zone shall be deemed to have remained stationary.
So in Buffalo you can keep you car on the street for 24 hours, but then you have to move it more than a block away. But I don’t live there anymore so I won’t worry about it.
yracuse seems to rely heavily on signage so people know upfront what they are getting into.
Sec. 15-318. All night parking prohibited.
No vehicle shall be parked upon any street in the city of Syracuse in the central traffic district between the hours of 12:00 midnight of any day to 7:00 a.m. following.
(a) Certain night parking permitted—Except as otherwise prohibited or restricted by other provisions of this traffic code now or hereafter adopted, the provision of this section shall not be deemed or construed:
(1)To prevent parking of vehicles between the hours of 12:00 midnight of any day and 7:00 a.m. following on streets of the city outside the central traffic district on the even-numbered side of a street on nights of even-numbered calendar days; and on the odd-numbered side of a street on nights of odd-numbered calendar days and such limited parking is hereby permitted. For the purpose of this subsection a night shall be deemed even-numbered if that portion thereof prior to midnight was part of an even-numbered day and odd-numbered if that portion thereof prior to midnight was part of an odd-numbered day; or
(2) To prevent parking of vehicles for twenty-four (24) hour periods outside the central traffic district on odd or even days of the month starting at 6:00 p.m. respectively when suitable signs are erected so indicating. Those streets and parts of streets as may be periodically designated by regulations of the commissioner and filed with the city clerk are hereby declared to be streets where parking for twenty-four (24) hour periods is permitted. When any street or part of a street is so designated, the commissioner of transportation shall erect proper signs indicating that such parking is allowed.
(b) Parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas prohibited. No motor truck or commercial vehicle shall be parked or left standing unattended in or upon any street in a residential zone of the city as such zones are defined by the Zoning Rules and Regulations of the City of Syracuse approved and adopted by the common council January 30, 1922, as amended, for any purpose except the expeditious loading or unloading of freight or merchandise, except in case of emergency or when otherwise directed by a police officer, during or between the following hours:
(1) 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
(2) 1:00 p.m. on Saturday to 8:00 a.m. Monday.
(3) 2:01 a.m. on each holiday until the following day at 8:00 a.m.
In my opinion, Syracuse has the most reasonable ordinance of the three. I think I could live with a 24 hour limit parking limit especially if it is posted. Syracuse is also looking into Residential Parking Permits, which in my opinion is something our city should also consider.
I must say this 12 hour thing has come to me with a jolt. I remember when I lived in Monterey, CA the parking limit was two weeks! I discussed the matter with my landlord, who grew up in Rochester and has been owned property for many years, and he told me he has never heard of this twelve hour rule.
February 3, 2014
Today is the day I will contest my parking tickets. Should I walk (my preference) or should I drive? If I drive I will have to pay for parking, but if I walk, I still will have to move my car before I leave.