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What to do when someone parks on the sidewalk

Asphalt sidewalk used for parking

Vehicle parked on asphalt sidewalk

Feel free to program these numbers for the Seattle Police Department into your phone in case you run into any conflicts with parked vehicles on your next walk.

  • For ongoing issues, contact the Parking Enforcement Unit at 206-386-9012 and they will come out and investigate what is going on and work to correct the issue through new signage or more regular enforcement.
  • For issues that may need more immediate attention, you can call SPD’s non-emergency number at 206-625-5011.

Parking on any portion of sidewalk illegal

Just in case anyone was wondering, it’s illegal to park your vehicle on any portion of the sidewalk, even where the sidewalk intersects with your driveway. This applies to motorcycles and mopeds, not just cars. From the Seattle PI’s 911 blog:

It’s illegal to be parked on any portion of the sidewalk, Seattle Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Sheridan said.

He cited section 11.72.360 of the Seattle Municipal Code, which states: “No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on or over a sidewalk, whether constructed or not.”


PARK(ing) Day this Friday

Almost 70 parking spaces around the city will be turned in to temporary parks this Friday for PARK(ing) Day this Friday. According to the PARK(ing) Day website, “PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.”

If you’re able to be out on foot this Friday between 9 am and 3 pm, you might see some of these miniature parks. There will be several downtown on 2nd Ave at University St and others throughout the city.

Afterward, the organizers of the event, Feet First, Streets for All Seattle, and the People’s Parking Lot will be hosting an after-party from 5 – 10 pm at 500 E Pine St.