Last Updated on February 12, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
The consequences of not knowing the difference between a curb cut and a pedestrian ramp…
Is a $165 NYC parking ticket. I trust that is enough motivation for most members of the NYC driving community to read more. I am sorry to re-report that 45% of the respondents were unable to correctly identify a legal curb cut in our last parking ticket quiz. Further, the DOT changed the definition of a “pedestrian ramp” in Section 4-08 (f)(7) of the Rules of the City of New York to make it even more confusing to learn the difference:
“(f) General no standing zones (standing and parking prohibited in specified places). No person shall stand or park a vehicle in any of the following places unless otherwise indicated by posted signs, markings or other traffic control devices, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer:
(7) Pedestrian ramps. Alongside or in a manner which obstructs a curb area which has been cut down, lowered or otherwise constructed or altered to provide access for persons with disabilities at a marked or unmarked crosswalk as defined in subdivision (b) of §4-01 of this chapter. A person may stop, stand or park a vehicle alongside or in a manner which obstructs a pedestrian ramp not located within such crosswalk unless otherwise prohibited.
Crosswalk.(i) Marked crosswalk. That part of a roadway defined by two parallel lines or highlighted by a pattern of lines (perpendicular, parallel or diagonal used either separately or in combination) that is intended to guide pedestrians into proper crossing paths. (ii) Unmarked crosswalk. That part of a roadway, other than a marked crosswalk, which is included within the extensions of the sidewalk lines between opposite sides of the roadway at an intersection, provided that (A) the roadway crosses through the intersection rather than ending at the intersection, and/or (B) all traffic on the opposing roadway is controlled by a traffic control device.”
An easier way to distinguish a legal curb cut from an illegal pedestrian ramp
If you search further on the NYC Department of Transportation website, you’ll come across this diagram and rule:
The areas circled in red are legal parking spots.
The New York City Traffic rules allow parking at some “T” intersections—those without traffic signals, all-way stop signs or crosswalk markings—even if there is a curb cut at that location.
Or, easier yet
It is legal to park in front of a curb cut if:
- There are no marked crosswalks; and,
- No traffic control device or stop sign regulating traffic
Generally, legal curb cuts live in the middle of a block (where it makes no sense for an Olympic track star to try to cross a busy NYC roadway), or at a “T” intersection; while illegal, don’t you dare park in front of, pedestrian ramps usually live at 4-corner intersections.
Can you identify the legal curb cut hidden among these 5 pictures?
[#2 is the legal curb cut]
Other blog posts about pedestrian ramps and curb cuts
- “How to Beat an NYC Parking Ticket for Blocking a Pedestrian Ramp”
- “Warriors Continue to Issue Illegal Pedestrian Ramp Parking Tickets”
- “More Shocking News about Pedestrian Ramp Parking Tickets”
- “Is a Driveway a Pedestrian Ramp?”
- “Beware the NYC Pedestrian Ramp Scam”
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It totally irks me and makes me “nuts” to hear from our driving community that illegal, scam, pedestrian ramp parking tickets are still being issued by rogue cops and warriors. Worse, is that parking ticket judges are still finding ways to sustain these parking tickets. The difficult part is presenting the proper proof properly.
How do you prove that you were parked in front of a legal curb cut, and not a pedestrian ramp? The best evidence is overlapping photographs of the entire block, including the street sign at the corner, and the location of the curb cut (generally on the “T” street of a “T” intersection. You may wish to avail yourself of Google Map images and live photographs.
The tipping point is to submit current, dated, evidence identifying the address where the curb cut lives, and make sure that address matches the place of occurrence entered on your parking ticket by the warrior or cop.