We asked motivated Madisonians: What’s your bright idea for 2016? Jeff Vercauteren is an attorney and president of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. Find all of the 2016 bright ideas compiled here.
Over the next two years, the City of Madison will undertake the reconstruction of the Capitol Square. This project provides the city with an ideal opportunity to think about how traffic and parking around the square can be reconfigured to best serve a new generation of downtown residents, businesses and visitors. One idea being implemented in cities around the country is reverse angle parking. Under that model, cars back into angled parking spots, which provides drivers with better sight lines when entering and leaving.
Restoring angle parking on one side of the street around the Capitol Square would increase the number of available parking spaces to provide easier access to businesses around the square. Reverse angle parking combined with two-way bicycle lanes (such as those on a number of the streets leading up to the square) would also improve safety and traffic flow for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. These improvements would support the continued growth and vitality of downtown Madison and improve access to the Capitol Square.