Concerns about pedestrian safety led to the city’s decision to prohibit parking in an area on Boyd Avenue.


Concerns about pedestrian safety led to the city’s decision to prohibit parking in an area on Boyd Avenue.

The commission voted earlier this month to prohibit parking on both sides of Boyd Avenue from the north line of West 12th Street to the north line of the driveway to Newton High School. The area is by the high school’s soccer fields.

Police Chief Jim Daily said citizens raised concerns about the vehicles parking in the area, as people were walking across the street, darting between vehicles and creating a traffic hazard. Boyd did not used to be a through street, Daily noted, but said now that it is, it sees a good number of cars on it, which can make it a dangerous situation for people getting in and out of their vehicles.

Police monitored the situation, Daily said, and the assessment was it was a situation where there was potential to have a pedestrian struck by a car. Preventing such an incident is the purpose of the ordinance.

Signs have been posted in the area, directing people not to park there, and Daily said there will be an effort by the police department to monitor the parking in order to create a safer atmosphere. He said the initial goal is not to write citations but rather to remind people not to park there, Daily said. However, those in flagrant violation of the rule likely will receive a citation.

“Our intent is not to issue citations right away until people get used to the no parking on that block,” he said.

For those attending soccer games, the parking lot at the high school is available across the street.