By RYAN DUNN
The push to make downtown Findlay more welcoming to pedestrians could mean a significant shift in street parking.
One proposal discussed with the state would allow angled parking along Main Street, Tony Iriti, Findlay-Hancock County Alliance economic development director, said Thursday during an economic forum in Findlay.
Main Street could gain about 83 parking spaces with angled parking, he said.
Iriti said “reverse-angled parking” is being discussed.
Reverse-angled parking requires a vehicle to back into an angled parking space, he said.
When the vehicle leaves the parking space, the motorist is driving forward into traffic and would have a full view of oncoming vehicles, Iriti said.
When parked, the car would have its trunk pointed toward businesses, and children could enter the car more safely, he said.
Iriti acknowledged drivers would have learning curves at first if the parking proposal is enacted.
“This is one thing I think you will hear more about,” Iriti said.
Iriti said angled parking is an idea being discussed with the state Department of Transportation. A grant application is expected to be submitted by May, he said.