Odd/even parking exists to allow snowplows to clear the entire width of city streets from curb to curb during winter months. By switching the side on which cars are parked from day to day using this system, plows are able to reach areas previously blocked by parked cars. During summer months, odd/even parking allows for the operation of street cleaning crews. Odd/even parking is used most often in residential areas.
It is important that those using on-street parking adhere to odd/even parking rules to allow for cars, emergency vehicles, street cleaning crews, and snowplows to pass through. Those who violate these guidelines may be ticketed or towed by the Syracuse Police Department.
Odd/even parking dictates that from 6 p.m. on an odd day to 6 p.m. on an even day, cars may park on the odd addressed side of the street. At 6 p.m., vehicle owners must switch the side of the street on which their car is parked to the even side. For example, on June 16, cars should begin the day parked on the odd side of the street. At 6 p.m. that evening, cars should move to the even marked side of the street.
There are some exceptions to this rule, sometimes referred to as "fool's days". These are instances at the end of some months in which an odd day is immediately followed by another odd day. Throughout the year, these fool's days fall on January 1, February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, September 1, and November 1. On leap years, March 1 is also a fool's day.