Alternate-side parking

Alternate side parking is a traffic law that dictates on which side of a street cars can be parked on a given day. The law is intended to promote efficient flow of traffic, as well as to allow street sweepers and snowplows to reach the curb without parked cars impeding their progress. Some proponents also regard the law, which can be quite inconvenient for drivers, as a way to encourage the use of public transportation.[1]

In many towns and cities, alternate side parking is reserved for certain times of year,[2][3] or only used during a snow emergency.

Around the world

New York City

From the beginning, the New York City alternate-side parking law was "assailed" by opponents as actually impeding the efficient flow of traffic.[4] The system was created by Paul Rogers Screvane, former commissioner for the department of sanitation in Queens, New York.[5]

The law is a year-round rule, suspended only for holidays and certain events.[6] Signs are posted with the scheduled street sweeping times, and drivers must make sure their vehicles are on the correct side of the street or risk being ticketed or towed. The law can be confusing to visitors, who often choose to park in high-priced parking garages or use valet parking rather than risking fines. Even for locals, parking tickets are common; working late or oversleeping may cause a car to be left for too long on the wrong side of the street. Avoiding a ticket can consume a great deal of time, as drivers must search for other available spaces or sit double parked until the designated time, regardless of when street sweepers actually pass.[7]


On a street running east to west, cars must be moved from the south side of the street for a few hours a day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday they must be moved from the north side. On Sunday and certain holidays, they can be left where they are. The specific times will vary from street to street. The days on which the rules are suspended may also vary from city to city and even from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Parking prohibited signs in Sweden:
On this street. On Wednesdays. Entering zone. Leaving zone. Alternate-side parking
zone begins.
Sweden road sign C35.svg Sweden road sign C35.svg
Onsd 09-15
1 dec – 15 maj
Sweden road sign E20-1 Sweden road sign E21-15 Sweden road sign E20-14


In Sweden, alternate side parking (datumparkering) is applied in zones covering an entire city, with signs indicating this at the city perimeter. Inside such date zones (datumzon), parking is prohibited on the morning of odd dates on the side of the street where houses have odd numbers. The drivers must think of what date it is the next morning if they leave the car in the evening. Inspired by Stockholm, more and more Swedish cities are abandoning such confusing zones and instead provide permanent parking on one or both sides of the street, with the exception for one day per week during December through May, when snowplowing and sweeping of sand can be required. The day when parking is prohibited is posted on a sign for each street.


In Denmark (datoparkering), the rules are exactly the opposite of those in Sweden, with parking prohibited on the morning of odd dates on the side of the street where houses have even numbers.


Belgian road sign E11
Belgian road sign E11

Belgium allows a half-monthly parking rule (Dutch: Halfmaandelijks beurtelings, French: Stationnement alterné semi-mensuel). When the entrance of the town is marked by road sign E11, alternate-side parking applies to the whole town agglomeration. Parking on the road from the 1st till the 15th of each month is only allowed on the side of the road with odd house numbers; from the 16th till the end of the month, parking on the road is only allowed on the side of the road with even house numbers. At the end of each period, cars should changes sides between 19:30 and 20:00. The rule doesn't apply on parking spots outside the roadway or on dedicated spots marked by other parking rules.


Verquigneul - Panneau d'entrée
Old half-monthly alternate side-parking sign at the town entrance of Verquigneul, France

Similar parking regulations exist in France.

Popular culture

  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Alternate Side," George Costanza gets a job moving cars from one side of the street to the other.
  • The novel Tepper Isn't Going Out is based on the quest for parking in New York City.[8]
  • In the Golden Girls episode "An Illegitimate Concern", Rose explains how the inhabitants of her hometown of Saint Olaf were confused by opposite side of the street parking as, 'It doesn't matter which side of the street you park on, there's ALWAYS an opposite SIDE...'
  • In The Order of the Stick, goblins allegedly invented alternate-side parking, in addition to the oboe and guacamole, thus securing their place among the damned.
  • In The West Wing episode "Transition", CJ Cregg jokes about moving the furniture around the Chief of Staff office on a daily basis, "like alternate side of the street parking."
  • In the MF DOOM song Gazillion Ear, the New York City rapper mentions that he is "In effect like alternate side of the street parking rules."[9]


  1. ^ Gail Robinson. "Parking". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved October 16, 2006.
  2. ^ "Parking". Madison Wisconsin Isthmus. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved October 16, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Frank Pomeroy. "Community Connection Alternate-Side Parking". Archived from the original on September 1, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ The New York Times (November 9, 1953). "AUTO CLUB ASSAILS CITY PARKING PLAN; Alternate-Side-of-Street Bans Called Inconsistent Burdens to Motorists -- Revisions Urged", November 9, 1953" (PDF).
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  6. ^ New York City Department of Transportation. "Alternate Side Parking Regulations Suspension Calendar". Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ David Wallis. "The Zen of Alternate-Side Parking". Retrieved October 16, 2006.
  8. ^ Calvin Trillin (2003). Tepper Isn't Going Out. Random House. ISBN 0-375-75851-8.
  9. ^ "MF DOOM - Gazillion Ear Lyrics". Retrieved August 9, 2019.
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