Did You Know? General Parking Knowledge Creates a Safe Environment

November 01, 2018

Municipal Codes are Enforced to Create Safe Access for Drivers & Pedestrians

With the goal of reducing the number of parking violations, EasyPark has developed the “Did You Know?” educational campaign. The topics for this educational series stem from research into the most common causes for parking citations. This information covers general parking safety rules to follow not only in downtown Anchorage but all cities in Alaska.

The Municipality of Anchorage requires enforcement of municipal codes to ensure safe access for drivers and pedestrians in our community, especially emergency access. Firemen and other emergency responders need safe and convenient access to fire hydrants, fire lanes and driveways. Everyone needs sidewalk access for safe traveling. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and make sure you are abiding by the rules to ensure you do not create a safety hazard for yourself and other people.

Lead Parking Service Officer, Chris Kersbergen, gave us some advice on avoiding citations for common violations of municipal code.

Fire hydrants – Since fire hydrants are not required to be marked, it is the responsibility of the driver to review his parking prior to leaving his vehicle. The same is true for standpipes on the side of buildings; however, these are marked when there is less than 15 ft. of clearance from the building to the street

Fire Lanes – These are always marked with signs and often arrows at the front and end of a designated zone. A fire hydrant does not have to occupy the space in order for it to be considered a fire lane.

Sidewalks –You will receive a citation if your vehicle has one or more tires parked on the sidewalk. The curb is the safety barrier for the public and the clearance of the sidewalk needs to remain open for full passage of those needing it.

Driveways – Curb cuts are accesses to a business’ driveway. Blocking prevents business access and potential driving hazard. This violation occurs more in the winter when people cannot see the curb.

For more information on Municipal code, visit https://library.municode.com/ak/anchorage/codes/code_of_ordinances. Codes related to this article are 9.30.030.A.11, 9.30.030.A.2, 9.30.030.A.12, and 9.30.030.B.1.

To get more information about parking in downtown Anchorage, email EasyPark at [email protected], or call us at 276-7275 or 297-4471 (after hours).

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About EasyPark

EasyPark is the brand name of the parking services operated by Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA). ACDA is a public corporate authority for the Municipality of Anchorage. ACDA's parking division, EasyPark, manages more than 6,000 parking spaces in downtown Anchorage.

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