Now that snow and ice have started to build up on Nelson streets and Public Works has requested that drivers use the even/odd parking practice (parking your vehicle on the even side of the roadway on even dates and on the odd side of the roadway on odd dates) to assist city plow drivers, perhaps the Nelson Star would be so kind as to provide a reminder drivers of several common courtesies to make winter parking a little less stressful.
A recent parking regulation change says except when necessary to avoid confict with traffic or to comply with the directions of a Peace Officer or Bylaw Officer or traffic control device, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in front of nor within one metre of public or private stairs that provide access to the sidewalk or residence. (amended by Bylaw # 3203, 2011).
It would also be helpful if the suggestion could be that in a best case scenerio residents “create a park where you plow” philosophy by either plowing a parking spot to the curb for their vehicle to use or in the very least, drivers do not park in the snow-free parking spots that other residents in the neighbourhood have shoveled out to ensure safe access to their vehicles.
Vehicles that have not been cleared of snow or been moved for 72 hours can be towed and impounded by the City to allow public works staff to keep our streets clear of snow/ice build-up and help us all have a safer winter.
Pam St. Thomas