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).
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.