A BANNER YEAR ... Residents near downtown Palo Alto have long bemoaned the intrusion of downtown employees into their streets' parking spaces. Those in Professorville have been particularly vehement in calling for the city to create a residential parking-permit program that would set a time limit for nonresidents an idea that the city is currently exploring. In the meantime, Palo Alto's traffic division is directing its energies toward a less controversial palliative directing drivers to downtown garages, which a recent study found to be underused. Last month, Palo Alto installed 49 banners throughout downtown. Each banner displays the city's logo and helps drivers identify parking facilities. City Manager James Keene said the city also plans to develop complementary signage for the banners. Another solution that the city is pursuing is encouraging more biking. To that end, Palo Alto plans to install this week four "bike corrals" downtown. The corrals, each featuring parking spaces for 10 bikes, are slated to go up in front of Form Fitness, Sancho's Taqueria, the California Pizza Kitchen and All Saints Episcopal Church. The city's first such corral was installed last year in front of Coupa Café on Ramona Street.
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posted Friday, February 10, 2012, 12:00 AM