6th Street’s New Back In Parking

Nine months after the plan was announced, this week they begin the parking improvements to 6th Street that will result in angles “back in” style parking.  This is a shift from parallel parking found on most of W 6th.  This has been espoused as a safer method of parking when trying to facilitate a major east-west artery, bike lane, and retail parking.

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  1. I prefer to back that thing up, into a parking space. The pull in method just never seemed to work for me.

  2. avatar heyzeus says:

    Is there an advantage to “back in” angled parking over “pull in” angled parking a la South Congress?

  3. I park on Dean Keeton by campus where this has been done.

    Pro = It surely opens up more parking spaces.
    Pro = It’s easy to get OUT of the spot.
    Con = It’s still slightly awkward to get IN the spot (but not as much as parallel).

  4. avatar Angelina says:

    Funny, there is some confusion at first, but it makes too much sense not to do it this way. As someone who both drives down that road and rides down that road, I say anything to slow traffic and force drivers to be more alert is a plus. Let’s face it, the on-ramp to Mopac North & South has always started at 6th & Lamar.

  5. priller, it’s been working for a long time now on Dean Keeton. At least I haven’t seen any wrecks…

  6. avatar priller says:

    Interested to see how this goes over with the public. While I understand the theory behind it, in practice it’s hard for me to imagine it working without causing a great deal of confusion.

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