How Sacramento Plans to Tailor Parking Restrictions Block-by-Block

Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

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New signage could save as much as 270 hours in restricted parking.

The city of Sacramento is looking to clarify some confusing parking rules in an effort to improve access to street parking while reducing the need to write tickets.

Starting Oct. 24 in the midtown area of California’s capital city, some weekly “no parking” days will be made monthly.

The program will be piloted for six months on a dozen square blocks between N and Q and 19th and 23rd streets, where cars can’t park between 8 a.m. and noon one day each week to allow for street sweeping, garbage collection and leaf “clawing.”

Problem is: sweeping occurs once every six weeks, trash collection isn’t always streetside and clawing is seasonal—leaving plenty of frustrated residents and visitors, especially those cited for parking infractions.

“We’re looking for folks who live and work in that area to have a conversation with us, let us know the good things, the bad things,” city spokeswoman Erin Treadwell told The Sacramento Bee.

The Midtown Business Association expressed support for both the experiment and signage updated on a block-by-block basis, which will collectively save an estimated 270 hours in restricted parking, according to the Sacramento Press.

Mailers and poled signs will notify residents in the pilot area of the changes and warnings, rather that parking tickets, will be given out with the end goal of neighborhood-tailored restrictions.

“With so much energy focused on Midtown and Sacramento’s urban core these days, small impacts to parking spaces, lots and garages collectively make a big difference,” Emily Baime Michaels, MBA executive director, told Sacramento Press.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington D.C.

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