Back in Parking Update
At the City Council Workshop on December 5, reverse diagonal parking was not discussed as part of the evening’s Broadway Streetscape update as originally slated. Instead, the City Manager's recommendations are included as an action item in the December 12 City Council docket. The recommendation is “for angle parking in the Broadway Streetscape project to remain as designed: front-in angle parking.” The Request for City Council Action can be read here.
The City Manager's recommendations reference a budget increase of $49,144 required to modify/adjust the design plan to accommodate the change in parking direction. Additionally, the recommendations from the City Manager and the Interdepartmental Traffic Committee (ITC) reference a report on back-in angle parking prepared by the Louis Berger Group (LBG). The report’s recommendations are based on findings which we consider under-informed. We recommend additional consideration of back-in parking as a viable and safer alternative to front-in angle parking for Broadway and future projects - in the context of striving for safer roads for all users and as indicated by our embrace of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. We strongly recommend more complete study of this parking method - in use successfully in dozens of cities across the country and the primary recommendation of federal and state transportation planners as well as livable community advocates.