Complete Streets will include angled parking
Angled parking will allow for wider sidewalks
- City councilors chose front-in parking over back-in parking for Main Street.
- Back-in parking is considered safer, but it also can be confusing for motorists.
- Back-in parking also would have required parallel parking on the opposite side of the street.
FARMINGTON — People shopping or visiting downtown will have angled, front-in parking along Main Street after the Complete Streets project is completed.
The parking question was the final design element to determine before city officials moved ahead on the Complete Streets project.
During its Tuesday meeting, the City Council was presented with two options — 22.5-degree angled front-in parking or 45-degree back-in parking on one side of the street with parallel parking on the other side. The meeting can be viewed online at fmtn.org.
Properly used back-in parking is widely regarded as being safer and would create more parking spaces downtown. But back-in parking also is considered confusing to drivers, and front-in angled parking would allow for wider sidewalks.
The City Council unanimously approved the front-in parking after a presentation by Complete Streets project coordinator Sherry Roach and input from John McNeill, who sits on the city's Metropolitan Redevelopment Area development board.
During an October community meeting to kick off the Complete Streets project, the city had people vote on the parking option they prefer. Roach said the votes were two-to-one in favor of the front-in angled parking.
Another reason cited for doing the front-in parking was that the back-in option would have required parallel parking on the opposite side of the street.
"There was a bit of a dilemma in who gets what in that scenario," McNeill told the City Council.
He said people backing in to parking spots may have a tendency to back up until they hit something. McNeill said that could be the curb, a tree, a trash can or a pedestrian.
McNeill said if the designs are done correctly, the parking could be altered to back-in parking if it becomes more common in the future.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.