GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The season is changing and so again are the rules on Grand Rapids’ residential streets.
The city’s odd/even parking restrictions will take effect Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Here’s what the rules mean: Between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. on even-numbered days, you should be parked on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses. Between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. on odd-numbered days, park on the odd-numbered side.
If you want to avoid a ticket, here’s the top tip from Grand Rapids police: before you go to bed, think ahead.
For example, before you go to bed Monday night, make sure you’re parked on the odd-numbered side of the street because Tuesday, Nov. 1 is an odd-numbered day. Then the next night, make sure you’re parked on the even-numbered side for when Nov. 2 rolls around.
Parking is permitted on both sides of the street between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m., unless a sign says otherwise.
The odd/even rules aren’t in place on every Grand Rapids street. Posted signs will tell you where they are in effect and help you remember where to park.
Some particularly narrow streets have one-side only parking in effect all winter, and some may not allow any parking. Posted signs will tell you if you’re parking on one of those roads.
Violators may get a $20 ticket, but Grand Rapids Sgt. Terry Dixon said they will not issue tickets against drivers who break the odd/even parking rules during the first two weeks, unless there’s a snowfall.
The winter parking restrictions, which aim to keep the roads clear for street sweepers, snow plows and emergency vehicles to get through, will remain in effect until April 1.