What is back-in angle parking?

We now have several areas in our downtown corridor that are back in angle parking only. You may be wondering what exactly is back in angle parking and why do we want it here in Anacortes?

What it is

Back-in angle parking is like regular diagonal parking except that you enter the space by back into it instead of pulling forward into the space.

Why We Want it

  1. It creates more parking for both citizens and tourists to utilize.
  2. It's safer! When drivers who exit back in parking stalls they have far greater visibility of approaching traffic. Their view is not obstructed by large vehicles, vehicles with tinted windows, and they have a direct line of vision to see approaching bicyclists and pedestrians. It also allows for quicker re-entry into the traffic flow and is easier than parallel parking.
  3. It's easier to off loading passengers and cargo from an angled vehicle. Vehicle trunks and tailgates are facing the curb rather than the lane of travel where someone loading a vehicle is at risk of being struck by a passing vehicle. Also, when unloading small children and pets it is safer as the open vehicle door guides them towards the safety of the sidewalk, not towards the street.
  4. Studies have shown that vehicle speed is reduced on those streets where there is back in angle parking because motorists are more aware of drivers about to re-enter the lane of travel and drive slower in order to better respond to them.

How to Back in Angle Park

  1. Put on your right turn signal as you approach the parking space
  2. Don’t make any turns away from or into the spot before reversing, just continue along your normal path of travel, just outside the parking spaces
  3. Think of it like parallel parking: pull past the parking space until the rear tires of your vehicle are even with the end of the parking space and then just turn your steering wheel to the right while backing up
  4. Use your mirrors to see the parking stripes to center yourself in the space
  5. Use the front of your vehicle as a reference for how far to pull back-if you drive a pickup truck or larger vehicle with a lot of overhang, be careful not to pull too far back and block the sidewalk
  6. Practice: it only takes a few times to get the hang of it

For more information, please contact the Police Department at 360-428-3211.

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1. Who is responsible for parking enforcement?
2. Is there a time limit on parking?
3. What about parking a motorhome, boat or trailer on the city street?
4. What is back-in angle parking?
5. What can I do about junk/abandoned vehicles on city property?
6. What can I do about junk/abandoned vehicles on private property?