ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Drivers say a new parking system in Nob Hill is going to take some getting used to, and it’s going to cost you if you don’t get it right.
The city of Albuquerque is now ticketing drivers who don’t back into the new parking spots on Silver Avenue between Tulane and Carlisle.
But many drivers don’t like the idea.
“It’s just terrible,” said Julia Fitzsimmons. “It’s a hazard to have to back up because that’s when most accidents happen, and someone could be standing behind me.”
“I think it’s absurd that they have angled the parking spaces backwards, so you can’t pull into them in a normal fashion,” Robert Joyce said.
The city changed parallel parking on Silver to angled spots that require drivers to back in rather than pull forward.
“I didn’t realize that there’s something wrong with pulling straight into a parking place,” Joyce said.
It means drivers are not supposed to use the parking if they are going east on Silver.
“Because then you’re going against traffic, similar to parallel parking. If you were heading east, you wouldn’t park in the westbound lane,” said Melissa Lozoya, acting director of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development.
Signs say, “back-in angled parking only,” and even show step by step how to park.
However, Tere McDowell said the way they’re spaced out, they weren’t visible where she parked, and she just drove forward into a spot.
“So, I got a $30 ticket,” McDowell said.
KRQE News 13 crews watched one driver try to back into a spot but give up and drive off.
The city said backing in makes it safer when drivers pull forward to leave.
“The back-in parking allows for drivers and cyclists to see each other better. It also acts as a calming effect,” Lozoya said.
Click here for more information on the changes at Silver Avenue.