Residential street sweeping starts Wednesday in Red Deer, residents asked to move cars

Since many Red Deerians are staying home due to COVID-19, no tickets will be issued to vehicles left on street

Residential street sweeping will begin May 6 and the city asks residents to help by moving their cars off the roads before sweepers arrive.

“We know there are many Red Deerians following AHS guidelines and staying home,” said Greg Sikora, public works manager. “This means there are more cars on the streets when typically there would be less.

“In light of the unique circumstances in this year, we will not be issuing tickets to cars left on the street when crews come through, however, they will be towed to an adjacent street.”

Crews will begin cleaning sand and debris from Grey Routes throughout the city before moving onto Green Routes. Like last year, the street sweeping schedule will follow the snow control pattern and start with neighbourhoods in Zone H.

Residents can sign up to receive a text, email, or phone call reminder about parking restrictions during street sweeping in residential areas. Much like Snow Zone Alerts, residents must sign up for Notify Red Deer and select Street Sweeping Alerts in order to receive these reminders. Those who have already signed up can simply log in at and update their alert preferences.

Pedestrians and motorists are asked to be cautious around street and sidewalk sweeping equipment by staying at least three car lengths away to avoid injury or damage from flying debris.

As a reminder, vehicles parked in a close must be parallel parked in the direction of traffic flow.

More information on the street sweeping program can be found on the city’s website at

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