Parking Smart is a matter of turnover of on-street spaces for customers and visitors seeking downtown goods and services. In order to insure adequate parking turnover for customers, clients, and visitors, it’s imperative that downtown workers park off-street and leave space for the customer.
The goal of the parking program is to provide long-term parking in off-street facilities and short-term parking on-street in time limited zones. This goal is accomplished by creating off-street parking opportunities (lots and decks) and generating on-street parking space turnover through time limits and enforcement.
There is a 3-hour time limit for on-street parking. This is enforced Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm.
Off-street lease spaces are available through the parking office and offered by individuals. Daily public parking at the 3rd Avenue Deck, 6th Avenue Deck and the East 1st Street Lot. Parking is monitored daily.
Crosswalks: As a rule of thumb, keep your parked car 20 feet away from any marked crosswalks.
Wrong Side of street: Drivers in the state of Georgia need to be aware of the various parking laws and regulations to ensure they do not inadvertently park in the wrong location. If you park where you aren’t supposed to, you can expect to receive a fine. Every vehicle stopped or parked upon a two-way roadway shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels parallel to and within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand shoulder.
Stop signs and fire hydrants: Most of us know this, but it’s worth mentioning that you should keep your car 20 and 15 feet away from them, respectively.
Yellow curbs: These are used to mark no-parking zones in accordance with the regulations above. But there are plenty of no-parking zones without a yellow curb, so once again, check the signs!
Sharrow/Bike Lanes: Now that downtown has shared bike lanes it is simply a reminder to drivers that they should expect to share the street with bicycles. The sharrow’s position in the lane also indicates where in the street a bicyclist should ride. Share the road and be safe!