How to Count Parking Spots

  1. When driving on a one-way street, you should ALWAYS count available legal parking spots on both sides of the street.
  2. When driving on a two-way street, you should also count available legal parking spots on both sides of the street UNLESS it is illegal to cross over the street (physical separation, continuous white line, train track…)

Following are a few examples to help you understand when you should and shouldn’t count available parking spots.

Example 1: This is a classic one-way street and so you should count available parking spots on both sides of the street.

How to Count Parking Spots

Example 2: This is a two-way street that is clearly separated by a physical barrier. However, there are 2 sidewalks on each side of the street. You should therefor count available parking spots on the 2 sidewalks designated by the green arrows.

How to Count Parking Spots

Example 3: This is a two-way street separated by a non-continuous line and it is therefore legal to cross over. In this case you should count available parking spots on both sides of the street.

How to Count Parking Spots

Example 4: This two-way street is separated by a continuous white line and so it’s illegal to cross over. You should count parking spots ONLY on the side you’re driving (see green arrow).

How to Count Parking Spots