Those new parking spaces on Detroit Street are unusual. Aren't they too small?

The new parking spaces on the southbound side of Detroit Street between Church St. and Third St. are indeed unique, because instead of being against a curb they are against a white stripe. There is a striped buffer between the parking spaces and the bike lane, which allows enough space for vehicle passengers to open their doors without hitting a cyclist in the bike lane. Passengers walk across the bike lane to reach the sidewalk.

The new spaces may look different, but they are actually the same size (7 ft. wide, 20 ft. long) as the old parking spaces that existed on Detroit St. prior to the Downtown Safety Project, and existing on-street parking spaces on Main St. In fact, on-street parking is safer now because the southbound travel lane is 1-2 feet wider than the old travel lanes. This gives drivers and passengers more room to open their doors and avoid oncoming traffic.

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1. Why did the City undertake this project?
2. How did the Downtown Safety Project improve safety?
3. How much did this project cost? Why is the City spending money on this instead of fixing other City streets?
4. How does the protected bike lane work?
5. Those new parking spaces on Detroit Street are unusual. Aren't they too small?
6. What's the deal with the northbound curb lane on Detroit St.? Is that for parking or driving?
7. Why did the City reduce the southbound travel lanes on Detroit St.?
8. What does the green pavement mean?
9. Aren't the angled parking spaces on S. Detroit St. near Third St. pointed the wrong direction?
10. Why did the City change the southbound right turn lane on Detroit St. at Church St.? Trucks are having trouble with it.
11. How do the new pedestrian crossings work on Detroit St. at Market St. and Hill St., and the Creekside Trail crossing on W. Main St.?