I was reminded today that we are now just two weeks from November 1st. Which yes, means we’re closer to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!  It also means winter parking restrictions are about to go into effect.

GRPD is already sending out the press releases reminding everyone of Odd-Even parking restrictions and the one outside of my house, Same Side parking restrictions – which means finding a parking spot anywhere close to my front door, is going to be a miracle.  It also means you’ll be ticketed if you’re parked on the wrong side of the road.

So how does Odd/Even parking work? Well from the City of Grand Rapids website:

Odd-Even parking restrictions mean that, on each even-numbered day, starting at 1 a.m. and until 6 p.m., parking is prohibited on the odd-numbered side of the street. On each odd-numbered day, starting at 1 a.m. and until 6 p.m., parking is prohibited on the even-numbered side of the street. From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., the next day parking is PERMITTED on both sides of the street unless signs restrict parking.


Same Side parking restrictions require that residents only park on a designated side of the street from Nov. 1 to April 1. On some of the narrowest of streets, parking may not be allowed at all. This practice allows for removal of debris and snow plowing and helps to keep one lane of traffic open and available for emergency and public service vehicles.


Last year the police gave us about a two week grace period to get used to the seasonal parking restrictions.  Just remember the grace period disappears quickly if we actually experience winter weather closer to the start of November.

As always, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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