City Council Approves Bill to Reduce Alternate-Side Days

The new legislation could reduce the number of alternate-side days in some neighborhoods.

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    Drivers, rejoice: you could be getting a break from alternate-side parking.

    The City Council approved a number of new transportation measures on Thursday, including those affecting alternate-side parking and street cleaning. Under the bill, streets throughout the city will now have the option to have one fewer day a week of alternate-side parking per each side of the street.

    The streets would have to be in what the council calls a "qualifying district" -- one in which an "average cleanliness rating" of at least 90 percent has been achieved on the Mayor's Office of Operations Scorecard for two consecutive years.

    New Alternate Side Rules A Welcome Change for some NYC Drivers

    [NY] New Alternate Side Rules A Welcome Change for some  NYC Drivers
    Drivers, rejoice: you could be getting a break from alternate-side parking.

    Requests for reduction in street cleaning and alternate-side parking would go through each street's community board.

    "It is often true that less is more, and right now New Yorkers need less burdensome parking regulations to make life a little bit easier," Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement.

    The new law alleviates the trouble many New Yorkers have when parking on streets with alternate-side parking. In many cases, those people have to wake up early on street cleaning days just to find a new parking spot.

    "Author Calvin Trillin once joked that 'You can park your car on the streets of New York, or you can have a full time job -- but you can't do both,'" Councilman Brad Lander said in a statement.

    The council also voted to approve measures increasing pedicab safety, making the laws closer to those that affect car owners. Among the package of laws is one requiring a driver's license for pedicab operators and seat belts for passengers.

    Pedicabs would also have to adhere to all parking signs, such as no-standing and no-parking zones, and rules governing parking in front of fire hydrants.

    Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the bills into law, the mayor's office confirmed.