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Mayor Tim Keller Announces Downtown Improvements

Additional parking spaces, bicycle friendliness, new street striping and free holiday parking.

November 30th, 2018

Mayor Tim Keller announced additional improvements to downtown Albuquerque today to increase walkability, and bicycle friendliness to attract more folks downtown. The City changed out stop lights to stop signs, re-painted roadways, all while adding 19 new parking spaces to the heart of the city.

“I have said before that cities rise and fall with the success of their downtown communities,” stated Mayor Tim Keller.  “We are working to make the area safer, and more walkable with these improvements, coupled with our new Downtown Public Safety District.  We also want people to shop local during the month of December, so we’re offering free two hour parking in the City.”

Mayor Keller’s recent downtown improvements include:

  • 9 new parking spaces on 5th Street SW between Central Ave. and Gold Ave. SW
  • 10 new parking spaces on 4th Street NW between Central Ave. and Copper Ave. NW
  • New APD substation at the Alvarado Transportation Center
  • One Albuquerque: Engage” program to assist in filling vacant buildings and promote public safety
  • Sharrows” to allow bicyclists to safely use the entire lane on 5th Street NW between Central Ave. and Gold Ave. SW and 4th Street SW between Central Ave. and Copper Ave. NW
  • Changing stop lights to four way stops on Silver Avenue SW and 4th/5th and Roma to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist visibility.

Mayor Keller also outlined the free parking plan during the holidays to help folks easily visit local businesses during the holiday shopping season. All metered parking spaces in the City of Albuquerque are free for 2 hours until December 25th, 2018. The free 2 hour parking started on Black Friday, November 23rd, 2018. The City of Albuquerque Parking Division will start enforcing metered parking again on December 26th, 2018.