The city's annual street sweeping could land you a $120 ticket

Apr 1 2019, 5:04 pm

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and that can only mean one thing here in Calgary…

… You’re in danger of getting a $120 parking ticket.

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Now that all the winter weather is finally in the rearview (knock on wood), the city’s street sweepers can get to work clearing all the sand and debris to make our city look sparkly clean as we head into the summer.

The one downside to the street sweeping is that your car will likely be in the way of these fine city workers plying their trade.

Not to worry, as the City of Calgary will be putting up new street sweeping signs that will indicate when and where residential streets will be swept, meaning that when you see the sign, you’ll need to get your car out of there before they start (bright and early at 6 am).

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Calgary street sweeping signs (City of Calgary)

If you happen to forget, you’ll likely get stuck with a $120 parking ticket – but if you pay it within 10 days, it comes down to only $80.

Even cheaper than that is not getting dinged at all, and the city has a few ways to help you make sure you’re ticket-free.

Calgarians can head over to the city’s website to see when and where the sweeping will occur, search their address to determine when their street will be cleaned, and even sign up for a text alert to make absolutely sure they’re not $120 poorer by the end of the cleaning.

The sweeping will start on Monday, April 1 and continue into June.

“The success of Spring Clean-up depends on both crews and Calgarians working together to help the city make a “clean sweep” of Calgary,” said Bill Biensch, Manager of Roads Maintenance with the city, in the release.

“We rely on the co-operation of vehicle owners to observe street cleaning signs and remove their vehicles and garbage or recycling bins when sweeping is scheduled in their neighbourhood. ‘When you see the sign, you know the time.’”

A live map of the sweeping is also available here, and the release states that is important to check daily, as the schedule will likely be updated on the go.

“Our goal is to have Calgarians move their vehicles so that our streets can be cleaned as effectively as possible,” said Joan Hay, Calgary Parking Authority’s Manager of Enforcement, in the release. “Vehicles left in an area with a parking ban in place can expect a ticket and may also be towed.”

If your vehicle is towed, the city’s website states that you may be on the hook for the towing and impound fees.

This year will also see an increase in photo enforcement to encourage people to move their cars from soon-to-be-swept roads, and crews are expecting to sweep over 16,000 km of road over the next two months.

Residential road cleaning will run seven days a week, while major roads will be swept four nights a week.

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