Making Parade of Lights Safer for Pedestrians
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Officials with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) want to make this year's Parade of Lights safer for pedestrians, by prohibiting parking along Main Street.
A minority of parade attendees park vehicles on Friday afternoon, in order to secure a good viewing spot on parade day. Officials say vehicles not only obstruct views but dangerously push pedestrians closer to the edge of travel.
Several parade entrants say if the problem isn't fixed, they may not participate, from fear that someone will get hurt.
Harry Weiss, executive directory of the DDA, said, "There were 10, 12, 15 deep on both sides of the sidewalk, so that's a lot of people trying to get a view, anxious to get up close to stuff, it's just going to be a much safer situation."
The DDA wants to post signs the Friday before the parade, warning that parking will not be allowed after 3 p.m. on parade day, and that violators will be towed.
On Monday, City Council members present at the session unanimously agreed there needs to be a change, and will vote on the issue on Wednesday.