Bronx, NY – Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) applauds the city for returning to a sensible, alternate side parking schedule on Riverdale Avenue between West 236th and West 238th Street, as he had previously requested. Earlier this year, the New York City Department of Transportation installed signs indicating that there would be no parking on either side of Riverdale Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. from Monday through Saturday. The new schedule, unlike the previous alternate side parking schedule, proved to be a major inconvenience for businesses and local residents alike, as it prevented cars from parking on both sides of Riverdale Avenue for half an hour during every weekday morning.
After hearing complaints from constituents and local businesses, Assemblyman Dinowitz contacted the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Transportation to urge a return to the previous parking schedule, which allowed vehicles to park on at least one side of Riverdale Avenue at all times. Just months after instating the highly inconvenient parking schedule, the city agreed to revert to the more sensible alternate side parking schedule, and recently, the DOT installed new signage along Riverdale Avenue that codified the reversal.
Assemblyman Dinowitz said, “Parking is hard enough to find in Riverdale without unnecessarily inconvenient parking policies. While our streets must be cleaned, I see no reason why both sides of Riverdale Avenue should be closed to parking during busy mornings every weekday to do so. The new policy placed a burden on the community, and it was clear that a better solution existed. I appreciate that the DOT listened to my concerns and installed new signs that allow people to park on at least one side of Riverdale Avenue at all hours of the day.”
According to the new signage, cars may not park on the east side of Riverdale Avenue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., and on the west side of the avenue on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. In addition to allowing cars to park on at least one side of the street at all times, the updated parking schedule reduces the total number of hours in which cars are not allowed to park along Riverdale Avenue from six hours per week to three.