Media Release: Winter Safety a priority for parking by-law amendment

Media Release: Winter Safety a priority for parking by-law amendment


Lincoln, ON – (November 17, 2021) – The Town of Lincoln has approved amendments to the parking by-law.   The Town of Lincoln’s Committee of the Whole unanimously supported the parking by-law amendments on November 8 which were approved by Town Council on November 15.  These amendments focus on keeping everyone in our community safe and providing staff with the ability to keep our roads clear without facing obstacles. 

“The Town of Lincoln is dedicated to keeping roads and sidewalks clear for motorists, pedestrians, emergency vehicles, public transit, and other users throughout the winter season,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton.  “We are taking a proactive approach by ensuring we are prepared for significant snowfall and are embracing this parking amendment with public safety top of mind.”

Starting November 16, 2021, the Keep it Clear program will no longer be voluntary and the Town will be launching a “Snow Squad” campaign to educate members of the public on the new parking by-law and the importance of the community working together during a winter storm event.  The Town will enforce a winter storm event and temporary on-street parking prohibition or Keep it Clear Parking Ban when weather and road conditions are appropriate.  

A parking ban is based on an assessment of forecasted weather and local observations including temperature, wind, and road conditions. Local weather and road conditions will determine how long a Keep it Clear ban will be in effect.  However, residents should plan to park off-street for 72  hours.

Residents and business vehicle owners who do not remove their vehicles from the road during a declared Keep it Clear Ban will be subject to a $75.00 ticket; habitual offenders may also be subject to towing.

“We recognize that this will be a routine shift for our community but I know this is a change that we will navigate together,” said Michael Kirkopolous, Chief Administrative Officer.  “The Town is committed to taking the time to educate the community and we encourage our residents to be a good neighbour and pay it forward by lending a helping hand.”
 
For more information, visit speakuplincoln.ca/parking-by-law.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about the new Town parking rules?

  • The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance – operation Snow Squad is a proactive approach to community safety. 
  • When the Town declares a #LincolnON winter event, it prompts our Winter Control operations to be initiated.
  • The Town is asking that everyone “Pay it forward” and not park vehicles on the road.  Vehicles on the road cause a major obstruction and hazard to Operation Crews who are working around the clock to clear the roads.  In addition, it creates access concerns for emergency services vehicles.

I have more vehicles than my driveway can accommodate, where can I park during the snowplowing?

  • Speak with a neighbour and see if you can park in their driveway during heavy snowfall.
  • If you have a garage, consider ensuring it is clear so you can use it for a vehicle.
  • Look for streets or parking lots close by that might permit parking.

Can I park on the lower portion of my driveway over the sidewalk during the snow clearing?

  • Vehicles may not park on the lower portion of the driveway - obstructing a sidewalk with a vehicle is prohibited and is a safety concern.

What happens if I park on the roadway while the snow clearing is taking place?

  • A notice could be issued to the vehicle. 
  • If the vehicle remains on the road following the notice, a secondary parking notice may be issued.
  • At this time, it would be determined as to whether the vehicle would be required to be towed, at the owner’s expense, to a secure towing compound to complete the road clearing operations.

How will I know when I should not park on the street because of snow clearing?

  • It’s easy to find out with the Town has declared that a winter event in effect.
  • Town home page – information will be posted at www.lincoln.ca
  • Social Media – residents can follow the Town of Lincoln on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Local news and weather outlets

How long will vehicles not be allowed to park on the roadway? Is it for the entire winter?

  • Parking will be restricted to 72 hours on any street where parking is permitted.  Any vehicle that has been parked on the road for more than 12 hours will be subject to a $75.00 ticket and may be towed.
  • Town staff attempt to have all roads cleared within 72 hours.

 

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For more media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

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