12th Street Project Team
Safety Benefits of Reverse Angle Parking
An estimated 267 people are killed and 15,000 injured each year by drivers who back into them, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reverse parking, when you back into a parking spot instead of pulling in head first, is a safer option for all roadway users.
Why is it safer?
When backing out of a parking space, there are countless blind spots from other vehicles around you and limited ability to use your mirrors. With reverse parking, the risk of hitting someone (or something) that you can’t see is greatly reduced. Reverse parking also means trunk space is accessible from the sidewalk for safer loading and unloading. Wheelchair users can also load or unload from the side or rear, away from the flow of traffic.
Reverse angle parking was part of the original 12th Street plans shared in the Community Open House in November 2019. To help 12th Street residents practice the concept of reverse angle parking, there will be weekend workshops held in the near future. In the meantime, check out our article, How to Reverse Park.