Boston Drivers Finding It Hard To Park Cars

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — It’s a challenge parking in Boston these days with all the snow. For drivers, it’s either a narrow squeeze, or maneuvering to make way. And with concern that emergency vehicles can’t get through some streets, the city is cracking down on illegally parked cars.

On a spring day, cars should be parked within a foot of the curb, there’s no snow rule, but common sense says Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas Timlin.

“When you’re parking your vehicle and you think a fire truck or ambulance can’t get by you, you shouldn’t park there,” he said.

The city also requires a 10 foot travel lane which isn’t easy these days.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

Heating contractor John Dowd says he’s received $150 worth of tickets in one day, just trying to park his van to make calls.

“No stopping or standing zone, but I wasn’t blocking anybody,” he said.

Drivers jamming into snow-filled spaces say it’s sometimes difficult to know the legal spaces from the illegal ones.

“Often with snow it’s a snap judgment. If it looks like everyone else is parked here I’m going to try to,” said Donald Merand as he parked his car on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.

While there’s currently no snow emergency, the city is issuing temporary parking bans on certain streets, forcing cars to be moved while crews remove snow.

Commissioner Timlin says it may inconvenient, but residents need to think of the end result.

“You get your car out of the way to remove snow, you get a nice clean space to park,” he said.

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  1. PEGGY says:

    i AM BULL SNAP AT MENINO! I AM DISABLED AND CAN HARDLY WALK ON SIDE WALKS (SNOW TO DEEP AND CRUMBLES- TAKE A WALK TOM)! SNOW BANKs ARE 6 BY 8 FT TALL AND DEEP! THEY GO OVER THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET! HOW IN HEAVENS NAME CAN WE GET AROUND MR. MOUTH OF KNOWLEDGE OF NOTHING! EVENTUALLY THIS WILL MELT INTO ALL THOSE CLOGGED UP WATER DRAINS-SOME DO GO OUT TO THE OCEAN.

    HELP THE PEOPLE NOW MOTHER NATURE IS HITTING BIG WHALLOPS! YOU REFUSE TO SEND IT TO THE OCEAN.

    I SEE YOU MADNESS! MORE MONEY!

  2. Joe D. says:

    On most of our streets the plow operators didn’t “plow to the curb” or even come close.Most streets were left with a plowed “strip” slightly wider than needed for a vehicle to get through.. I noticed this after our very 1st storm this year and thought they would widen that strip,but that never happened.I don ‘t know if that method of plowing is intended to save money or even if it’s city policy, but where did they intend to put the snowfall from any future storms? As for ticketing cars parked to far from the curb we can’t even find the curb.

  3. fed up says:

    What I don’t understand is where are these “parking ares’ in the city? I know all about the Main Strrets and most people just try to find a spot anywhere on a side street. Strange the side streets are so full of snow-big time trafic jam! and getting ticketed.
    Being born and bred in Boston all my life, used to be an even year you could park on -then odd year same thing. Now cars can’t park and people can’t walk! Ironic! Need dump trucks to haul it out from the streets.

    Where are the handicaped ramps? Where the heck are the corners? We will find out in JUNE! How do the elderly get out to by food and suplies?

  4. Italo says:

    I lived in Boston in my thirties, during the ’90s, in the Back Bay. I was there during that mid-’90s winter snow madness. As other posters mention here, it was a nightmare navigating giant snow piles, poorly plowed sidewalks, slush and water ponds at street corners, and dangerously large roof icicles unexpectedly crashing to the ground, sometimes right on us. It was just an example of how difficult living in cramped areas of a very dense city like Boston, in the winter, can be.

    There must’ve been winters like this one lots of times over many generations throughout Boston. But maybe we notice, talk about, and respond to it more, because today there are so many more online venues and chances to do it. The population is more diverse including people from more different non-snowy areas of the world, and all interconnected with other Bostonians and acquanintances at where these diverse Bostonians came from, all instantly.

    Maybe this winter’s storm chaos can be a chance for Boston, builders and legislators to brainstorm better ways that, looking forward, extreme snowfalls management and roofing construction can be improved for Boston residents, going forward. Definitely it is a problem for all folks, including the disabled and elderly. But this type of winter will come again. Rest assured, because no matter how cosmopolitan or international residents, visitors, cultures, and connectivity increase in Boston, the fact will remain we’re a city located near the general top part of Earth that is in a place where winters are cold, snowy and bad.

    That said, I’m ready for some palm trees and heatwaves! :)

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