South Bend neighborhood unhappy about new snow removal restrictions

South Bend, Ind. -- One South Bend neighborhood is unhappy with the city's new snow removal restrictions.

Under the new rules, residents must move their cars every 24 hours. On even days, they should park on the even-numbered side of the street. And, on odd days, they should move to the odd-numbered side of the street.

But, that's problematic along Indiana Avenue, where residents don't have driveways and are only allowed to park on one side of the block.

"The only response we could get was, 'You're just going to have to park on another street,'" said Thomas Tyks.

That's not as easy as it sounds, because several neighboring streets also only allow parking on one side.

"All the cars that have to move, there's not a parking lot around here big enough to put them in," said Marietta Tyks.

The parking issue isn't a matter of convenience for the Tyks and their neighbors. They wouldn't mind having to walk a few blocks to their cars if it wasn't a safety concern.

"My husband has cancer and he has a hard time walking," said Linda Brooks. "And, it's just very difficult for him."

Brooks' husband has to go to the hospital for a shot everyday. And, having to walk several blocks to get to a car isn't feasible. The same goes for many of the elderly people in the neighborhood, who rely on walkers or canes to help them get around.

And, residents worry about leaving their cars a few blocks from their homes for 24 hours because of high crime in the area.

"I don't think our insurance companies would be very happy if our cars got vandalized or stolen because the mayor says park wherever you can," Thomas said.

Residents want the city to put a 48-hour moratorium on 'no parking' zones when snow removal restrictions are in effect. They've done it in the past but say it's not being considered this year, although they understand people's concerns.

"This is a city-wide decision," said Director of Streets Paul South. "We're not trying to target one neighborhood in particular. We're trying to do the best for the city as a whole."

The snow removal parking restrictions are in place Feb. 7 and Feb. 10-13.

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