SAFETY CONCEPT - Back In Angled Parking
When we lived in Penticton we would often go to the beach after dinner, parking on Lakeshore Drive. This was nose in angle parking on the lake side of the two way street. If you were lucky enough to find a spot, parking was easy. However, leaving could be a problem, especially if something big was parked to your right.
People often resorted to having one passenger stop traffic to allow the driver to back out. The passenger would then get in while everyone waited. The alternative was an elevated risk of collision if westbound drivers did not stop to let vehicles out.
Back in angled parking might be a better solution and could be created simply by changing the painted lines:
- It's easier to back in to angle parking than parallel parking
- Drivers don't back out into moving traffic
- Passenger exits and cargo access is toward the sidewalk / off the road
- Drivers have a better view of traffic when leaving the parking space
- Drivers need to learn something new
- Drivers who lack backing skills
- Congestion caused by drivers stopping to back in
- Drivers crossing the road to park nose in
Fortunately, the cons are not that difficult to address:
- Driving will never be a static skill, there will eventually be something new to learn for all drivers.
- New drivers must already demonstrate reverse stall parking skills to obtain their licence. It will be the experienced drivers that need improvement.
- Congestion is already caused by drivers backing out slowly and even stopping part way out because they cannot see
- This is already illegal on laned roadway in BC