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How to use a "Back-in angle" parking spot

Back-in angle parking much safer for you, children, bikers, and any other road users.
Post Date:05/24/2018 2:45 PM

back-in-angle-parkingAfter research into the best and safest parking options available, we paved a number of back-in angle parking in the Village. Here's some information about how to use them and why it's a safer option for everyone.

How to Park

To use a back-in angle parking space, you simply:

  • Slowly approach the parking space and turn on your turn signal to warn motorists behind you.
  • Pull past the parking spot and stop.
  • Put your car in reverse and back into the parking space.


  • When exiting the stall, there’s no backing blind into traffic.
  • Back-in angle provides better eye-to-eye contact between drivers, bicyclists, and other road users, especially if the parked vehicle is next to a larger parked vehicle such as SUV’s or vans.
  • Unlike front-in angle parking, the backing maneuver takes place into an empty stall, not into live traffic.
  • Trunks and tailgates are safely loaded and unloaded at the sidewalk.
  • Children are better protected, because the open car door directs them away from traffic and towards the sidewalk.

Other Cities Experiences

Studies in Tucson, AZ; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA and Pottstown, PA have shown consistently that back-in angle parking reduces the likelihood of crashes.

According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, Tucson tracked data for bicycle/car crashes before and after installing back-in angle parking, and found an average of three to four crashes per month with front-in angle parking compared to zero reported bicycle/car crashes for the first four years following implementation of back-in angle parking.

Back-in angle parking isn’t new. It has been successfully implemented in many communities across all parts of the US, including: Arlington, VA; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Des Moines, IA; Honolulu, HI; Indinapolis, IN; Knoxville, TN; Marquette, MI; Missoula, MT; Montreal, QC (Canada); Olympia, WA; Peoria, IL; Salt Lake City, UT and Wilmington, DE to name only a few.

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