In the City of Bedford, there is a snow parking ban that goes into effect if there is more than 2” of snowfall in a 24 hour period. So what does this mean for you as a resident and how do you know if there is a parking ban in effect? Keep reading to find out more.
How do I know if the snow parking ban is in effect?
The city determines if a snow ban will be imposed by the amount of snowfall that has happened in the past 24 hours from when the Service Department opens at 8AM. If you wake up in the morning and there is more than 2” of fresh snow fall on the ground, you can safely assume that there is a snow parking ban in effect. If you are not sure, you can contact the Service Department at 440.735.6583 and ask.
What does it mean for me when there is a snow parking ban in effect?
A snow parking ban means that you are not allowed to park on the street. Parking on the street during a snow parking ban can result in a ticket and fines.
Why is there a snow parking ban?
There is a snow parking ban in Bedford primarily so that snow plows can effectively clear the streets of snow. Cars that are parked on the street when there is a lot of snow on the ground can be buried or damaged by passing snow plows, so even if you are not concerned about getting a ticket, you should be concerned on whether you will be able to get your car out from under the piled up snow.
In addition, snow piled up in the street rather than on the tree lawn can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to drive down the street. In short, it can make it dangerous for you and your neighbors if you don’t move your vehicle off the street during a parking ban.
While a snow parking ban may cause some inconvenience to residents who have smaller driveways or who are expecting guests, when you understand that a snow parking ban is intended to help protect your vehicle and to help keep the residents safe, it only makes sense to pay attention and pull your cars into the driveway when there is more than 2” of snow.