Back In Parking

Union Street from Main to Jefferson  |   Back-In Angle Parking Pilot Program

The Main Street planning process has brought about a number of unique ideas and concepts.  One of them is “Back-in Angle Parking”.  Back-in angle is a fairly new concept but is being used throughout the country.  Notably, the City of Neenah has recently started exploring the use of back-in angle parking on one of their streets.

The City of Waupaca is conducting a pilot program on the north side of E. Union Street from Main Street to Jefferson Street (Next to City Hall). 

2016-08-11 15_59_01-Back-in Angle Parking Pilot Program Area Map.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
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Back-in angle parking has the stall lines flipped so you back into a stall first and pull forward when leaving.  Here’s a graphic as to how back-in angle parking works:


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The City of Waupaca’s downtown is mostly front-in parking with some parallel on side streets.  Back-in angle parking is being accepted as a better alternative to front-in parking and parallel parking.  Front-in parking allows more parking stalls and more convenience over parallel, however, there are vision issues when backing out into the live lane of traffic.  Back-in parking allows for the same number of parking stalls, is more convenient than parallel, and vision issues are greatly reduced.
Unlike front-in angle parking, the backing maneuver takes place into an empty stall, not into live traffic (There’s no backing blind into traffic).  Back-in angle provides better eye-to-eye contact between drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This becomes especially apparent if your vehicle is parked next to a larger vehicle.
Other benefits include:  Trunks and tailgates are safely accessible at the sidewalk for loading and unloading.  Children are better protected; as car doors open it directs them away from traffic and towards the sidewalk.  Several studies have shown that back-in angle parking reduces the likelihood of crashes.  Back-in angle parking is simpler to maneuver and offers more capacity than parallel.