Sidewalk Parking is Dangerous:
Sidewalk Parking Damages Our Public Infrastructure:
In summary: Parking on the sidewalk is illegal, unsafe and expensive for everyone.
For a brief period this fall, Parking Control Officers (PCOs) from the Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) will issue educational informational flyers to vehicles that are parked on the sidewalk or facing the wrong way.
The educational flyer is not a ticket. These warnings will be handed out in lieu of a ticket, except when a parking violation is evident (e.g. - parking in No Parking or Tow zones) or there is a serious public safety concern (e.g. blocking entire pedestrian path). Also note that Worcester Police Department (WPD) officers may continue to issue tickets during this time period.
Following the educational period, PCOs will begin to fully enforce parking on any portion of the sidewalk or curb resulting in a $40 fine.
Although it is not an uncommon sight in Worcester to see vehicles parked with wheels over the curb and/or on the sidewalk, SIDEWALK PARKING IS ILLEGAL. The City ordinance requires vehicles be parked on the street within 1 foot of the curb.
Worcester has a long history and that is one of the things we love about our City. However, that means that many of our streets are narrower as they were designed for horses, carriages and smaller automobiles. To ensure that emergency vehicles can get to people in need, we must have at least 12 feet of clearance on our streets. Some streets are not wide enough for parking on both sides of the street and traffic. In those cases, we can restrict parking to one side of the street and/or switch the street to one-way travel. Please contact the Department of Transportation and Mobility for more information.
Individuals can park on the street where curbside parking is allowed. Be sure to observe all posted regulatory curbside signage (e.g. 30 min parking M - F 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.).
Individuals can also park in municipal garages such as the Worcester Common or Federal Plaza garage, or at one of our many surface parking lots. For information regarding where to find municipal garages, surface lots and parking rates, please visit ParkWorcester.com.
Residents may also file a petition to the City Council to restrict parking on a residential street to "residents only" for one or both sides of a street during certain hours or days. Residents of a street approved by City Council for Residential Permit Parking must then apply to the Parking Administrator for a permit for each of their vehicles. Residents may also apply for visitor permits. All permits must be renewed annually.
Vehicles parked facing the opposite direction may cause confusion in terms of the flow of traffic, especially at night, making approaching drivers over correct and potentially cause a crash.
When parking in the opposite direction, the vehicle operator must travel in the wrong direction to park the car and exit the parking space. This increases the risk of head-on collisions when entering and leaving the parking space.