Proposal would loosen parking rules on Glenwood South

Posted April 21, 2015
Updated May 26, 2015

Raleigh pitching eye on Glenwood South

Raleigh’s Law and Public Safety committee recommended approval of a signage change on Glenwood South that will allow parking at all hours on Glenwood Avenue from Tucker Street to Hillsborough Street.

The decision, which was by a unanimous 3-0 vote from Councilors Mary-Ann Baldwin, Wayne Maiorano and John Odom, came after discussion about how the parking restrictions were impeding pedestrian safety and causing a loss of revenue to businesses along that portion of Glenwood Avenue.

A representative from the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, Jim Belt, spoke at the committee meeting. He said that parked cars, which hadn’t been allowed during peak traffic hours, made pedestrians feel safe, as other drivers would slow down so as to not hit the cars, adding to the perception of safety of walkers and bicyclists.

The subject of traffic during the peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. caused much discussion among councilors and staff.

Jed Niffenegger, a traffic engineer from the city, showed Glenwood Avenue on a map and detailed the levels of traffic each intersection of the street received.

“Predominantly, all the issues are caused by the Peace [St.]-Glenwood [Ave.] intersection,” Niffenegger said.

With the motion, the area on Glenwood Avenue from Peace Street to Tucker Street would still be restricted during peak traffic hours. Staff was instructed to come back with an evaluation of the effects of the change.

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  • Jeff Abbott Apr 21, 2015
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    Glad I have no reason to go down there at all. What a mess the downtown area is.

  • Mike Wells Apr 21, 2015
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    The "Councilors" need to go on a field trip during rush hours and Thursday - Saturday night after 11pm. Good luch trying to get through there.

  • Chris Vet Apr 21, 2015
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    So bascially they're going to shut that area down to 1 lane each way during rush hour? That's insane.

  • Rick Price Apr 21, 2015
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    I work on a street off of Capital Blvd. that you cant even drive down at times and Raleigh police have done all they can do , but the GREAT city of Raleigh wont do a thing about this. But make sure the Drunks have somewhere to park when they party .