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Preferred Parking Guidance

City Municipal Code Section 355.050 states, “No person shall park any vehicle upon a street, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway [available] for free movement of vehicular traffic.”

Residential streets are somewhat narrow, measuring 26 feet wide from the back of the curb to the back of the curb. This design is arranged to permit eight-foot wide parking lanes on both sides of the street, with a 10-foot single driving lane in the center. Compact and mid-size cars fit within the eight-foot wide parking lane if the driver parks with the tires very near to the curb. Full-size pickup trucks and full-size SUVs must park very close to the curb and may need to fold in the driver’s side mirror to remain within the eight-foot parking lane. When possible, full-size vehicles should avoid parking across from another vehicle to ensure the street is passable for emergency vehicles, school buses and other large delivery trucks.