Continuing the conversation about Back-In Angled Parking
Many jurisdictions, particularly those working to safely accommodate bicycle travel have begun to utilize another form of angled parking: “back-in” angled parking, also known as “head-out” angled parking or “reverse” angle parking. Evidence is mounting that back-in angled parking has some significant advantages, not just for bicycle traffic, but for automobile traffic as well.
NJDOT requested a summary of the efficacy of back-in angled parking, to have available as communities consider this as an alternative to traditional front-in angled parking. This memorandum explores the pros and cons of back-in angled parking and documents the findings of studies regarding back-in angled parking.
The power of community, in this case the immigrant community to communicate the need for streets safe for bikes, strollers and pedestrians. They won!
“Believe me, I felt my heart was pounding, but this time it was out of joy! I was jumping for joy, that after everything we’d gone through, it was finally going to happen. And now I’ve seen them working on the bike lane, they’ve been marking the lines on the pavement.
Cristína González: We have to thank Mayor De Blasio. It seems like he heard us, and we are grateful for that, because when we went to the community board meeting, there were a lot of people against the bike lane. But sometimes when you talk directly to the big shot, things happen.”
With the exception of several important outliers, American cities today are built around the thing that once promised ultimate freedom and mobility, but that wound up decimating so many of our longstanding assumptions about cities’ essential role— the automobile. This change has helped to give rise to a national situation marked by isolation, poor health, and limited opportunity for those who can’t or who don’t want to drive, as well as negative financial impacts on our communities.
We published this a couple of months ago. Maybe with warmer spring weather AP residents and friends can pull out phones and snap some shots!
Message photos to Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition on Face Book or email to: APCompleteStreets@gmail.com
Asbury Park residents–let’s think about doing a Photo Friday. Send your photos of streets and places that in your mind either work or do not work to this page. We would love to know what you’re seeing. This is a way for us all to communicate without using “planning terminology”.
“…the urban diary, an approach anyone can take to see their city anew. For Wolfe, a camera is the best tool for that observation, but he suggests readers might use writing, sketches, audio, tweets or any number of tools for purposeful looking. City planning still relies on an elite vocabulary not everyone can parse. But everyone can make observations about their surroundings.”
“Our roads are already heavily tilted in favor of cars. Yet drivers seem to hate the idea of being slightly inconvenienced so that other modes of transport might be safer and more appealing. Pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users have been incredibly inconvenienced for decades, all so automobiles could get where they’re going a bit faster. Redesigning streets is not a “war” against cars. It’s just acknowledgment that they don’t have to be the only thing on the road.”