New ordinances in City of Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Police Department issued a press release Monday, Aug. 15, to notify the public of two new city ordinances approved by the city council on Monday, July 11.
The first is an amendment to section 11-11 of the Code of Ordinances entitled “Prohibited Parking.” This will prohibit parking on the left side of a two-way street, resulting in the tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle being immediately adjacent to the curb.
This does not affect parking on the left side of a one-way street, unless designated a no parking zone.
CPD noted that this ordinance exists in many cities and towns for a number of safety reasons, including:
• Parking with your left wheels to curb required you to cross a lane with oncoming traffic.
• If you are parked with your left wheels to the curb and put your vehicle in motion, oncoming traffic will not expect a car coming at them from the right side of the road.
• Placing your vehicle in gear requires you to step on the brake. If you are parked left wheels to curb bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists won’t see your brake lights and thus won’t be alerted the vehicle is in motion.
• Our vehicles are outfitted with reflective material in the rear which make it more visible to oncoming traffic when it is parked properly.
• When parked left wheels to curb, you are seated in a position which makes it difficult to see oncoming traffic when a vehicle is parked in front of you, and you don’t have the benefit of the driver’s side view mirror to see vehicles approaching.
• Vehicles parked on the proper side of the street makes it easier for drivers to identify streets that are one-way traffic only.
Now through Monday, Oct. 31, improperly parked vehicles will receive a warning printed on yellow paper that describes the violation. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, this violation will incur a $25 parking ticket.
The second ordinance explicitly prohibits urination or defecation on private or public property. Violation of this ordinance will be a misdemeanor charge, and if convicted will carry a $50 fine for first offenders. For subsequent offenses, one could see a $100 fine, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both.
According to CPD, this has been an issue of late and the hope is that this ordinance will resolve the problem to keep public areas clean.
CPD posted this diagram to their Facebook page to explain the new ordinance concerning parking on the left side of a two-way street.