REVERSE ANGLE PARKING

Why Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking?

Angled parking increases the number of available spaces, helping to meet parking demand and access to local businesses.

Back-in Angled Parking provides significant safety and convenience improvements.

Why Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking instead of head-in angle parking?

Increased safety is created due to improved visibility for the driver when the car pulls out of the parking space.

This is particularly pronounced when someone is parked next to large vehicles.

In addition, line-to-line eye contact is created between the parker and approaching road-user, reducing crashes involving oncoming traffic.

Unloading children and pets becomes easier and less stressful, because when the vehicle door opens it guides them towards the safety of the sidewalk.

Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking allows for quicker entry into traffic flow, thus reducing stress and crashes.
Trunks and tailgates can be unloaded at the curb, thus helping people avoid standing in the street.

How do you Back-in/Forward Out Angle Park?

  1. Signal when slowing to approach the space
  2. Pull past space
  3. Back into the space on angle

Is backing into the stalls difficult?

Back-in/Forward Out Parking is similar to parallel parking, but much easier.

Isn’t it harder and take more time to Back-in Angle Park?

It takes longer for most people to parallel park than to back-in angle park.

Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking has fewer steps than parallel parking.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just to pull forward into an angled spot? Doesn’t this convenience make it the best parking method?

It boils down to safety, and when you want to have your convenience. With standard angle parking, it’s simple to pull in but can be difficult to pull out. You may have to back your car entirely out into the traffic lane before you can even see the oncoming traffic (not very safe.) With Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking, getting into the stall is more difficult than going front-in, but exiting the stall is more convenient because you don’t have to pull out very far at all to see the oncoming traffic.

In addition, if you have packages to load you can stand on the sidewalk while loading them into your trunk. That’s a nice convenience!

How do you communicate with cars behind you that you backing into a parking stall?

The law requires you to signal when slowing and backing into a parking spot. You should signal just as you would when parallel parking.

Won’t reverse angle parking increase the number crashes?

Actually, one of the most common causes of crashes is people backing out of standard angled parking without being able to see on-coming traffic. Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking removes this difficulty.

The initial stopping and signaling required for Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking is already an everyday occurrence throughout the city with parallel parking.

Will we still be able to park on both sides of the street?

Yes. On streets that are converted, one side of the street retains parallel parking and the other side becomes Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking.

Where can I see reverse angle parking in action?

Back-in/Forward Out Angle Parking is on the west side of Hall Street and on Lake Avenue.