Safety was the top reason for Kyle city leaders to ban parking on Lox Drive near Tobias Elementary School Aug. 2. The decision, made by a 7-0 Kyle City Council vote, came after the city took on another parking ordinance during its first meeting of August.
City Manager Scott Sellers presented the first reading of the ordinance which would prohibit parking on Lox Drive from East FM 150 to Stennis, near Tobias Elementary School. That road is the entrance to the Post Oak subdivision.
Resident Jennifer Crowl spoke during public comment Tuesday and was concerned about congestion on Lox as a result of cars parking on the side of the road.
She cited the example of a person getting up and moving out of a crowded movie theater, and how it affects everyone in the row.
“It’s an accessibility and safety issue,” Crowl said. “The road is not wide enough.”
The reading of ordinance was presented with the intent to make conditions safer for school traffic and has already received support from residents and council members.
“It’s been something that’s needed to be done for some time and glad to see it finally being addressed,” said Daphne Tenorio, Kyle city council member District 6. “I’m glad to see us protecting those children as they walk to school.”
The council also passed a motion to accept an amended version of the city’s parking ordinance regarding the designation of “one way” parking streets. The amendments included allowing the Kyle Fire Marshall to present his opinion on which streets to be deemed as “one way” parking before having the city council make a final decision.
Kyle city leaders’ decisions came after the approval of a parking ordinance in late July. However, the ordinance generated frustration from residents as some believed it didn’t reflect the city’s specific needs.