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TRAFFIC Q&A: What’s the deal with back-in parking at UP Town Center?

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2011 at 10:00 am with 6 Comments »
February 25, 2011 10:00 am

From reporter Christian Hill:

Question: Suzi Loya of Gig Harbor noticed the back-in angle parking in front of the University Place Town Center while driving down Bridgeport Way recently. She wonders how a driver accomplishes this maneuver safely and the advantages it has over pull-in or parallel parking.

Answer: The city elected to construct the back-in angle parking after a consultant’s recommendation and internal study prior to construction of the improvements along Bridgeport Way in 2009.

City officials have say this type of parking is safer than the alternative because it’s easier for motorists to see oncoming motorists and bicyclists nosing out of a space instead of backing out. An explanation on the city’s Web sites reports a threefold increase in collisions for traditional angle parking compared to the back-in variant. It also notes collisions that occur from back-in angle parking are less severe.

Motorists should stop in advance of the stall and put on their right blinker to notify other drivers of their intention, similar to parallel parking. They then motor forward to align with the space and back into it. The wide bike lane acts as a shoulder to provide extra room. The spaces are 9.5 feet wide to accommodate poor alignment of the vehicle and open doors.

There is sure to be more use of the parking as the new University Place Pierce County Library opened Feb. 12. Applebee’s, Town Center’s first private tenant, is scheduled to open later this year.

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  1. nonstopjoe says:

    Actually, plaintiffs’ attorneys designed the parking arrangement in an effort to drum up business.

  2. Flathead50 says:

    The city’s right. It’s much safer to back into a parking spot because you can see all the traffic around you when you are making the maneuver, in contrast to blindly backing out of the space when you leave. I try to back into parking places whenever I can so that I don’t have to worry about someone approaching (that I can’t see), ripping off my bumper as I leave. Besides, you’d have to back OUT anyway, so why is that harder than backing IN? I guess I don’t understand the issue- what’s the problem, Suzi??
    PS: Seattle has used this on city streets for decades.

  3. nonstopjoe says:

    Why not require that drivers back into their driveways – that way they would’nt have to back out into the street when leaving their homes?

  4. Pecksbadboy says:

    Funny, The City of Tacoma never thought of it on Pacific Ave

  5. “Besides, you’d have to back OUT anyway, so why is that harder than backing IN?”

  6. Another boner by the boneheads that we elect… who are the real boneheads??

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