Discussion: Street Parking

The Engineering, Police and Public Works department are looking for feedback on the City’s street parking ordinance, as it’s been many years since it’s been revaluated. Per Chapter 26 of the City Code, no person shall park a vehicle for more than six consecutive hours on a street unless in areas designated by signs or if such persons are actively engaged in performing services. It also states from Nov. 1 to March 31, no person shall park on any street from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

What are your biggest concerns with parking on City streets? Any suggestions to improve them?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 19 days ago

[Comment by Joel Stegner] I have called communicated this concern many times, Pedestrian safety. I live on Barrie Road, a busy, curving street with only one outlet on the north. There are no sidewalks, so all pedestrians up in the street.

On the part in front of my condo, parking is allowed on both sides of the street. When people park across from each other, there is only space for one car to pass through, and if car doors are open, it is tight for one. The same things happen when pedestrians or bicyclists pass. Cars come from the north around a blind curve with some speed and one has to take extreme care leaving our parking garage.

Banning parking on one side would lessen the problem as would painting a center line or building sidewalks. The whole street is like that. Even where parking is banned, walking in the street very dangerous, especially at night because street lighting is poor. Turning onto a dark street and immediately encounter a senior with a walker or a mother with a stroller and one or more young children is stressful. Parked cars is only a part of the problem.

It seems as if highend neighborhoods get these things fixed, but nothing has happened since I arrived in 2011 and I am not aware of anything on the books.

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Beth Psihos 16 days ago

My biggest issue is the new streets that Edina is creating when they "redo" streets. They have made them so narrow that you can hardly get by if one person is parked, much less cars on both sides. Valley view east of Tracy is especially treacherous, and parking is only allowed on one side. I think for the narrow streets they are now creating, parking should only be allowed on one side.

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Ryn Melberg 16 days ago

Parking in bike lanes! The new bike lane configuration is helping but this is still a problem in some areas.

Neighbors parking their commercial vehicles on the street over night. The police seem to give all commercial vehicles a free-pass when violating the parking rules. A maintenance van is not parked at 2 am in front of a house with all the lights off if they are there on business!

The police routinely violating the parking rules, including state laws. The police should be modeling the behavior we all want from our fellow citizens. So please stop parking in bike lanes, fire lanes, blocking hydrants, too close to the corner, etc. Sure, the police want to "quick" run in and do something. So do we. Park legally like the rest of us, please.

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Da x 16 days ago

Increased density will lead to increased need for street parking. Increasing restrictions is counter-intuitive.

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Steve Young 16 days ago

The 44th & France commercial node is always parking challenged and needs more parking for its surrounding businesses and residents. Street parking exists on France Ave between 44th St & Sunnyside. Please extend street parking on France Ave south of 44th Street.

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Scott Busyn 16 days ago

Keep the no parking rule overnight during the winter. This allows the streets to be plowed curb to curb. Minneapolis is a disaster during the winter and one of the big reasons is they allow overnight parking in the winter.

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Don Rahe 21 days ago

I agree in general with the winter overnight restriction. I find it is safer driving at night on my local not busy street in the winter darkness when there are very few cars parked on the street. Others, however, have mentioned parking permits one could purchase for temporary use, and I never knew about those, but it would have helped me last summer during remodeling when our driveway was closed for three months and I parked on the street but almost got towed due to an anonymous neighbor who called the cops. I had been unaware of the six hour rule that applies both winter and summer and enables somebody do that to another person, and the city staffer said the rule is not generally enforced unless someone calls in with a complaint. I think that temporary permits that were public knowledge could solve some of these issues and yet keep the streets from becoming a crowded unpleasant sight full of cars day and night.

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Sean Hayford Oleary 16 days ago

I'd like to see more on-street parking in commercial areas. When a private parking lot reaches capacity, the only option is to illegally park in a neighboring private lot. Plus, on-street parking would allow you to park once and walk to multiple businesses without moving your car each time. I'd especially like to see this in the Southdale area. (50th & France already has ample public parking options)

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Barb Fraley 16 days ago

I agree with Beth P. The new narrower streets are causing drivers to cross into the other lane. Valley View by Tracy is a good example. So is Hansen Road between the pond and the park., near Forslin Drive. If the rationale for narrowing the streets was to get people to slow down, it is not working. The other issue I have is when people park directly across from the entrance to my driveway. Now that the streets are even narrower, getting safely out of the driveway without hitting someone is a challenge.

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Linda Damman 16 days ago

Completely agree. Within the first year of our new and “improved” streets one of our guests had his car backed into by a neighbor trying to get out of his driveway. A huge inconvenience for our guest and an embarrassment to both our neighbor and us.

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James Peterson 16 days ago

comment...I agree with Linda. We constantly have problems backing out of our driveway with cars and trucks parked across the street, and I can't imagine what it will be like later this summer with our "new improved" narrow street

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Jennifer Hennemuth 15 days ago

I agree with the comments that the streets are too narrow. I brought this up long before this was even implemented. There is not enough space and it is a safety hazard. No further streets should be narrowed. Density needs to be controlled to avoid congestion and lack of parking. Lack of parking and ramp parking is not convenient.

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David Frenkel 15 days ago

The south side of Golf Terrace along Lake Harvey should be marked no parking since it is a tight corner on a narrow street. Not sure why Edina narrows its streets and Minneapolis has been keeping its sometimes very wide streets in SW Minneapolis. I know the reason....$$$

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Jim Platt 15 days ago

We live on a cul-de-sac and parking is problematic .. as the cul-de-sac turns to the right on entering .. it is problematic when someone parks on the corner .. and does this over night .. also when neighbors run a business out of their home and have employees park for extended times in front of driveways or houses .. this creates an issue .. personally in residential areas I feel their should not be overnight parking and or long term day-time parking .. if something is needed to address a long term guest for whatever reason .. it would be more considerate of the neighbors if they purchased a parking permit from the city.

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Rhoda Bernstein 15 days ago

I became aware of the 6 hour rule as we are “ground zero” with high school students parking in front of our home. We have lived here for almost a decade and our next door neighbor for over 30 years. When the high school construction project began 2 years ago we were told that it would be a necessary and TEMPORARY situation to allow high school students to park on our street. It turned out NOT to be temporary at all. Students continue to park here.

Here are some issues we’ve encountered during the past 24 months: - Driveway partially blocked - Snow removal hindered - Street sweeping ineffective due to the curbs being blocked by student cars - Trash left in the street - A student driving across the church property adjacent to our home to clear a walking path. They drove over the corner of our property ruining a bricked garden bed. A police report was filed.

We do have a student who was unable to get a high school permit parking in our driveway so we are trying to be part of a solution.

Everyone should also realize that about 2800 high school students qualify to ride the bus. Only about 800 are doing so.

We also live across from Maguire Park. We have folks come and park all the time, but they are usually only there for 1-2 hours. This has always been the parking pattern since we moved here. To be clear, the opposite is true of student parking.

We are open to change, but over the past two years we have been disproportionately impacted and so we ask that our fellow Edina residents consider our experience.

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Marty Miller 15 days ago

A Winter Parking Restriction is needed but our current one makes no sense unless the purpose of it is to generate revenue for the city with parking tickets.

I have lived in Edina for 20 years and there are many years when there is no measurable snow until the middle of December. When there is a measurable snow, the plows come through overnight and the streets are completely open until the next snow sometimes weeks later. What we have now are streets empty for 5 months or about 150 nights for plowing when the plows are only out maybe 15 or 20 nights. Even in a high snowfall winter, maybe 30 nights they need to be empty for plowing, 150 makes no sense at all.

What this does for a decent number of Edina residents with single car garages or small driveways is a constant shuffling of cars. When weekend guests are in town or over the holidays with family visiting, I have to call neighbors and ask to use their driveways so we don't get ticketed.

Make some simple rule like "No parking on Edina streets for 24 hours after a snowfall greater than 1 inch." Easy to follow and if we need to generate some parking ticket revenue because of this policy change, dispatch every squad we have out to the streets on those nights and we should be flush with cash and enjoy clean plowed streets.

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Paul Juhl 21 days ago

I could've written this exact comment. I live on an alley with no driveway and parking for overnight guests in the winter is challenging. Have to find a neighbor with a wide driveway who might let us park. No reason to have the overnight restriction if there is no snowfall.

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Eric Schuler 15 days ago

I am against the overnight/6 hour parking restrictions. As many have pointed out this can cause issues when having house guests, even for just a night. Many of the lots around me are small and do not have room for driveways where guests can get their cars off the streets. Also in regards to the seasonal restrictions I do not understand why the fall and winter months should be handled differently (with the exception of plowing after snow fall of course). Different parts of the city have different parking needs and I don't think one blanket policy is the solution. A 6 hour limit might make sense around businesses, but doesn't fit for more residential areas. As someone who is impacted by these restrictions I am encouraged the city has decided to look at these parking issues and hope they implement some more common sense changes to laws that appear out of date to me.

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Rich Haddad at May 13, 2018 at 6:39pm CDT

Parked cars on streets perpendicular to 50th that are too close to the intersection create accident potential whenever two cars are trying to get on 50th and off 50th at the same time. The parked car takes up half the street leaving a single "lane" when two are needed,

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Rob Webb at May 13, 2018 at 6:55pm CDT

The overnight parking restriction during winter is a significant inconvenience in the parts of the city with limited garage and driveway capacity. If the city utilized the restriction to actually plow (other than active storms, when parking is restricted anyway), it might make some sense, but the restriction is rarely used for plowing. Even if they do, it is so rare, that I'd prefer they do a temporary restriction.

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Trent Luger at May 13, 2018 at 8:33pm CDT

The City must start enforcing the no parking when 1.5" of snow have fallen until the street has been plowed to curbline. Cars are routinely parked after 1.5" of snow have fallen and plows can't effectively remove snow. The next the day the parked cars park further away from the curb, narrowing the traveling lanes and making it very difficult to back out of a driveway. As the winter progresses the situation gets worse and safety is compromised. At an absolute minimum the City should be notifying area businesses and placing signage calling attention to the law on affected streets. Enforcing the law during the first couple of snowfalls would also go a long ways. Enforcing 6hr limit would also help.

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Janet Conn at May 13, 2018 at 10:42pm CDT

I did not no the prohibition on overnight parking was seasonal. It makes sense that it applies only in the winter. Of course, if we maintain the 6-hour limit, that precludes overnight parking any time of the year. Get rid of the 6-hour limit.

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Mary Palmer at May 14, 2018 at 5:30am CDT

There should be a new rule for overnight parking in the winter. For example if it snows more than two inches, no parking until streets are plowed curb to curb. Like in previous posts, there are many many nights when there is no snow in the forecast. I also agree with other residents that the narrower streets are not safe and make it more dangerous for pedestrians and just people getting out of their driveways. We pay a lot of money to get our streets repaired and it is unfair to make them narrower!!

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mary everett at May 14, 2018 at 1:17pm CDT

My only comment is that parking in front of someones sidewalk that leads directly to the front door should not be allowed and it is rude besides. I have no problem with people parking on my street but when guests cannot access the sidewalk that is directly in front of our house and goes out to the street that is upsetting.

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Brian Durst at May 15, 2018 at 6:45pm CDT

One of my biggest concerns has been safety when my kids are playing. I think generally cars parked on the street have been a positive, forcing drivers driving too fast down the street to slow down to go around the cars. On the other hand, it does impact the visibility those drivers have with kids around. Overall, I think it slows other drivers down (a good thing) and street parking also provides flexibility for the residents and their guests.

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Andrea Bender at May 19, 2018 at 7:24pm CDT

Can something be done about the parking on Acadia near Starbucks and The Hilltop? Heading south, I often have to drive in the northbound lane because of cars parked along the roadside. It seems that if cars have to drive in the opposite lane then parking should not be allowed along that stretch of road.

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Sarah Franssen at May 22, 2018 at 10:56am CDT

I beg of you, if you are going to have a parking restriction, please enforce it. If you require the residents to call in to complain, you put us in a position of angering our neighbors and creating a really uncomfortable/impossible relationship with them. My neighbors and I spend all summer looking out our front windows at our neighbors' large vehicles parked in front of our houses on Wooddale because they don't want to use their driveways. They sometimes get left literally all weekend. My friends and elderly relatives end up parking around the corner because they are never able to park in front of our house. This is ridiculous. Don't create a policy you are unwilling to enforce regularly.

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