ITHACA, N.Y. –– Effective Thursday, January 28, and until further notice, enforcement of odd/even parking regulations by the City of Ithaca is in effect. Residents be warned –– tickets may be issued to vehicles parked on the wrong side of the street.

For those unfamiliar with the odd/even parking regulation, the rule mandates that from 7 p.m. on an odd-numbered calendar day to 6 a.m. the next day, cars must park on the odd side of the street (where the house numbers are odd). On an even day from 7 p.m. to the next day at 6 a.m., cars must park on the even side of the street.

Odd/even parking is in place to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets, from curb to curb, during and immediately following snow events. By switching the side on which cars are parked each day, plows can reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. Snowplows operate in the late evening and early morning hours with the goal of clearing the roads for the busiest hours of vehicle traffic.

For an easier way to be notified directly when odd/even is in place sign up for the “Odd/Even Parking Notifications” list here via Swift911, the city’s emergency alert system. You can also text “Swift911” to “99538”. The city website will also have an alert posted to it until the enforcement period ends in the form of a blinking red banner at the top of the page.

The City of Ithaca is also taking this opportunity to remind residents that keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow is not only important for the safety of your friends and neighbors, but also that failing to do so could result in a fine. Homeowners are required to keep the full width of sidewalks clear of snow and ice, and must do so no later than 24 hours from the beginning of snowfall, as pursuant with city code. When sidewalks are found to not be kept clear the city may remove snow and ice hazards at the expense of the property owner.

If you are a renter, please be sure to check with your landlord or consult your lease to be sure you know what responsibility you may have in your sidewalk maintenance. More information about sidewalk snow and ice removal can be found in City Code here.

If you have any questions about odd/even parking regulations, or would like assistance signing up for Swift911, please contact Melody Faraday at mfaraday@cityofithaca.org.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com