Ithaca reinstated its seasonal odd-even parking restrictions a week and a half ago, with snow in the forecast, but as of this morning, the policy has been suspended again, for now.
“When we have snow on the way we will activate Odd/Even parking,” Mayor Myrick announced at the end of October. “When we’ve cleared the streets we will turn it back off.”
This winter’s change to the long-derided odd-even parking system depends on area residents signing up for Swift911’s emergency notification service, Mayor Myrick says. “If people sign up we can do away with odd/even forever. If people don’t sign up we will need to go back to the old system.”
The Odd/Even Parking policy has long meant parking is prohibited on most City of Ithaca streets from 2am-6am on the odd-numbered side of the road on odd-numbered dates, and the even-numbered side of the road on even-numbered dates. For example, parking would be prohibited on the odd side of the street in the wee hours of November 1st.
Last month, some area residents were frustrated to discover they’d gotten parking tickets when odd-even parking was reinstated, before there’d been any significant snowfall, and despite not having heard the rules were back in effect. Some who had signed up for Swift911 as originally instructed hadn’t taken the extra step to specify that they wanted notifications from the City of Ithaca about odd-even parking.
“If there is any question whether enforcement of odd-even regulations is in effect, we recommend adhering to the regulations,” says the City of Ithaca announcement.