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Parking changes coming to Geneva as part of DRI

Motorists in downtown Geneva may need to develop a new skill in the coming years: backing into parking spaces.

Under the Downtown Streetscape Project getting funding from the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative, designs call for sections of Castle and Exchange streets to feature back-in, angled parking.

It’s one of the things about 70 people attending last week’s meeting on the project — as well as the Routes 5&20 corridor configuration — learned in a presentation by Barton and Loguidice professionals.

Tom Robinson, the lead consultant for Barton and Loguidice, the firm in charge of the project designs, said back-in parking is an initiative being encouraged by the state Department of Transportation and is designed to improve safety for both motor vehicles and bicyclists.

“More than 50 percent of crashes are people backing out into the street,” he said after last Tuesday’s meeting at the Geneva Housing Authority.

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