In a move aimed to protect dog-walkers, bicyclists and pedestrians, the Seaside Transportation Advisory Commission recommended a parking reduction on the west side of Sunset Boulevard.
“When vehicles are parked along the curb, it reduces the drive lane to less than 8 feet in width,” Public Works Director Dale McDowell said. “Vehicles are forced to drive into the oncoming lane to go around the parked cars. You come around the corner and all of a sudden you are on top of somebody.”
He said homeowners have been notified of the proposed change between 3000 Sunset Blvd and 3182 Sunset Blvd.
“We wanted to get as much input as we possibly could,” McDowell said. “We’re looking to get as much input as we can before we take any parking aware anyplace.”
The proposed change came before the City Council last Monday night.
A significant amount of curb line along the Lanai Condominiums is already painted yellow to restrict parking adjacent to the entrances to their parking lots, McDowell said. The east side of the roadway has intermittent sidewalks causing walkers and bicyclists to walk in the narrow portion of the east traffic lane, and does not allow for parking.
At the public hearing, resident Jack Morgan said the amount of traffic has increased with improvements to Seltzer Park and the roadway.
“There’s a lot of folks that ride their bikes and skateboard, pedal vehicles and of course the street car,” Morgan said. “There’s a lot of activity and not a lot of room. They walk on the westbound lane so they can see traffic approaching. It’s one of those situations where if you don’t do something sooner or later, somebody’s going to get hurt. We’ve watched over the years any number of close calls.”
“I’m all for it,” City Councilor Randy Frank, who lives in the neighborhood, said.
“I’d like to hear more comments from the public, but I’m all for it,” City Councilor Seth Morrisey added.
The public hearing will be continued until the Oct. 26 meeting.