Calgary

Calgary's first snow route parking ban declared

The city has decided to implement the new parking ban on recently-designated snow routes as snowplows and sanders are out working to clear Calgary streets after an overnight dump of snow.

Snow route parking bans are currently in effect for the next 72 hours

Calgary's first snow route parking ban has been declared and will last for 72 hours. (Tara Weber/CBC)
The city is implementing its new parking ban on recently-designated snow routes as snowplows and sanders are out working to clear Calgary streets after an overnight dump of snow.

City spokesperson Tara Norton-Merrin says the ban is in effect as of 2 p.m. MT Sunday.

"I think the first time out is going to be a learning experience for all of us," she said. "Especially it happening on a Sunday, you know, people aren’t in their regular routines, watching the news, and that sort of thing."

Norton-Merrin said she doesn’t know if this one will reflect what may happen if it were on a weekday in the future.

Under the new policy, parking is restricted on designated routes after five or more centimetres of snow falls and the city declares a snow event.

The bans are in effect for 72 hours, or until the city announces they have been lifted.

Snow routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes and are marked by blue signs with a white snowflake icon.

Those who leave their car on a designated route may be tagged and towed. Check the city website to find out if your street has been designated a snow route.

There was a flurry of fender benders when the storm hit Calgary Saturday evening and police are urging motorists to be cautious on slippery roads.