Congestion creates a safety problem for emergency vehicles that may not be able to get through downtown quickly. Use of Manitou Avenue’s center lane for short-term deliveries or merchandise pick-ups is allowed with a permit required by the Municipal Code section 10.12.014. Vehicles using the center lane must be:
- At least 20’ from a crosswalk or intersection; and
- Actively loading or unloading (15 minutes max.)
- Displaying emergency flashers
The center lane may not be used for getting coffee, shopping, or leaving a vehicle for other purposes. Failure to use the lane properly or obtain a required permit may result in a ticket.