With winter right around the corner street parking rules in St. Cloud are about to change. But many people in the streets are still unaware of the new rules starting on the first of the month.
Parking on the street can be a hassle especially if you don’t know the rules. Starting on November first those rules change, St. Cloud moves to the winter street parking schedule
Walking just off campus I asked a woman who was getting into her car if she was aware parking regulations were changing. Her response…
Anne Chase is a senior at St. Cloud State University, and she says the only time she parks on the street is when she drives to campus for classes.
“The only reason that I ever know where to park is because of the signs,” Chase said, “If it weren’t for the signs I would have no idea if I was parked illegally or not.”
A few blocks north of downtown St. Cloud I approached a man who had just parked his car.
I asked him if he knew anything about the winter parking schedule in St. Cloud.
“I know a little bit about the winter schedule here at my house but I get so confused anywhere else.” Said St. Cloud Resident Omar Shrukri.
For the winter schedule parking near St. Cloud State University doesn’t change much you just have to follow the signs. But for the rest of St. Cloud where there aren’t any signs the rules tend to vary.
The city is split into 3 zones for the winter schedule. The outer ring of St. Cloud, anything south of 22nd street, north of the Sauk River, east of Highway 10, or south of Minnesota Bulivard, will have a street parking ban enforced from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
The neighborhood imedeatly surrounding SCSU’s campus will continue to follow sign regulations.
And the rest of St. Cloud will have to start following the odd even parking schedule.
But what is odd even parking?
“You park on alternating sides of the street,” says St. Cloud police officer Barry Boldt, “the sides of street correlate with house numbers, so on an odd day you park on the even side of the street and on an even day you park on the odd side.”
So why does the city switch it’s parking regulations this time of year?
“I think the idea of it really is to get everybody in the habit of knowing where they can park. So if a snow emergency is declared by the city the plows can get through and if anyone is parked on the wrong side of the street they will get ticketed and towed.” Said Boldt
The winter parking schedule started being enforced November first at 1 a.m. and will continue until April first.