City councillor hopes to put brakes on angle parking crackdown


City councillor hopes to put brakes on angle parking crackdown
  1. City councillor hopes to put brakes on angle parking crackdown
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    Anger over yet another city crackdown on cul-de-sac angle parking has a local lawmaker vowing to try to throw the bylaw into reverse.Nearly three months after city officials said they'd take a different approach to enforcing an angle-parking ban, residents of a southeast neighbourhood say they were rousted by a Calgary Parking Authority…
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Anger over yet another city crackdown on cul-de-sac angle parking has a local lawmaker vowing to try to throw the bylaw into reverse.

Nearly three months after city officials said they'd take a different approach to enforcing an angle-parking ban, residents of a southeast neighbourhood say they were rousted by a Calgary Parking Authority official threatening to ticket them for failing to parallel park.

David Jenkins said he was alerted about 9:15 a.m. Sunday that they faced possible $70 tickets for angle parking on their Prestwick Bay S.E. cul-de-sac.

"We've been parking the same way for five years — I think it's stupid," said Jenkins.

"It should be legal across the city to angle park in cul-de-sacs, it should be up to the residents."

He said the cul-de-sac's design means the most efficient way to park is by angling vehicles, adding finding spots to parallel park within sight of their homes is difficult and sometimes impossible.

"It depends on the time of the day and how many other vehicles are around," he said.

With the sudden change, one alley access is now on the verge of being blocked while vehicles from an adjacent condo complex already take up much of the street parking, added Jenkins.

He said the city official was empathetic, telling residents they had no choice but to respond to a neighbour's complaint.

Most of the street's residents avoided tickets by immediately moving their vehicles, though one car that wasn't re-parked received a summons, said Jenkins.

The episode comes in the wake of angle parking crackdowns in Huntington Hills and Woodbine last fall, the latter in which tickets were placed on 25 vehicles around 2:30 a.m.

The law is based on a provincial regulation banning angle parking, said Coun. Shane Keating.

"We're kind of stuck in between . . . the city doesn't want to do it but if someone complains, we're obligated," he said.

Keating said he'll bring up the matter in council on Monday to have it reviewed by administration.

One way to approach the issue could be to place complaints targeting angle parking in the hands of police, who would deem it low priority "and it may not (be enforced)," said Keating.

He acknowledged that angle parking in some tighter cul-de-sacs — sometimes known as mews — might not be…

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