Reverse angled parking in the Midwest.
A group of Eagle Rock citizens and community groups have once undertaken the task of revitalizing Colorado Boulevard. One of the ideas raised at a recent meeting of the Take Back the Boulevard campaign was the introduction of angled parking to increase the number of spaces along the busy street. But this would not be the typical angled parking you might be familiar from a visit to Brand Boulevard in Glendale. Instead, this would be what’s called “reverse angled parking” (shown in the video above) in which drivers would back into their space. Why is backing into an angled parking space better than pulling in?
Some transportation planners say reverse angled parking – also called back-in angled parking – is safer since drivers can see traffic – as well as cyclists – as they pull out of the space. Also, it makes it easier to load and unload items from the trunk of a car or the back up of a pick up. But not everyone is a fan of reverse angle parking, which has appeared in places from Seattle and Portland to New York and Washington, D.C. In Austin, Texas, drivers and merchants complained when the city introduced reverse parking on certain streets. Officials had to pass out instructional flyers and even hire guides to help drivers pull in and out of the spaces, according to an Austin TV news report.
During the Eagle Rock meeting, the reverse angled parking concept “received positive nods for the benefits of buffering children exiting a vehicle from the road and making it easier to pull out,” according to a report on the Sept. 21 gathering. But it’s far from certain if reverse angled parking will ever been seen on Colorado Boulevard. The ideas and concepts raised during the Take Back the Boulevard are just that. The group must formulate a formal plan that would eventually have to be supported and funded by the city.
However, just in case the concept is adopted, here are some tips from The Art of Reverse Angle Parking:
- Put on your right turn signal as your approach the parking space.
- Don’t make any turns away from or into the spot before reversing, just continue along your normal path of travel, just outside the parking spaces.
- Think of like parallel parking – pull past the parking space until the rear tires of your vehicle are even with the end of the parking space and then just turn your wheel to the right while backing up just like parallel parking without the final step.
- Use your mirrors to see the parking stripes to center yourself in the space.
- Use the front of your vehicle as a reference for how far to pull back – if you drive a pick up truck or larger vehicle with a lot of overhang, be careful not to pull too far back and block the sidewalk.
- Practice – it only takes a few times to get the hang of it.