ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Fresh white paint marks new parking spots on Silver Avenue in Nob Hill.
But more than two dozen of the new spots really stick out.
“We just finished a lot of that striping for those parking stalls,” said Keith Reed, Acting Deputy Director for the Department of Municipal Development.
The new diagonal spaces are all part of the Silver Avenue Bicycle Boulevard Improvements. It’s a more than $300,000 project meant to not just add parking in Nob Hill, but mainly make Bicycle Boulevard safer for peddalers.
“Just a lot of traffic calming measures, signage, additional striping to help calm traffic and enhance the bicyclist and pedestrian experience,” said Reed.
But now the street will be a little more crowded for cars passing each other.
“My main concern is simply the congestion on Silver and with bicycles, and pedestrians, and cars,” said Bicyclist Donna Detweiler. “It doesn’t feel to me like a Bicycle Boulevard.”
The city said the congestion is actually part of the plan.
“Definitely, it’s going to be narrower than people have experienced in the past and that was, it was meant to be that way to help to calm traffic down,” said Reed. “Because typically as the corridor narrows, people tend to slow down when they’re driving.”
The spots are also meant to be reversed into. Something hardly anyone is doing because the signs are still covered.
“So you back in to the space so then when you’re leaving, that’s really when you’re able to see the bicyclist coming and going,” said Reed.
KRQE News 13 asked drivers what they thought of the new spaces. Most said more parking in Nob Hill is worth closer quarters.
“It’s adding a lot of parking so that’s probably a good thing,” said one driver.
Most cyclists said the new parking isn’t bad, especially since diagonal parking takes away the chance of being hit by a car door.
“I really like that bicycles are being considered and angle parking puts more spaces here for people, so I’m not against it,” said Detweiler.
The city also added eight diagonal parking spots for motorcycles.