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