angle parking

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Angle parking in Slayton, Minnesota, USA

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angle parking (uncountable)

  1. A form of roadside car parking where the parking spaces are arranged at an acute angle to the direction of approach, allowing the driver to enter a space easily and later reverse back out.
    • 1937 January 21, An Act to Amend Section 588 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Angle Parking on State Highways (Senate Bill No. 634)‎[1], [Washington, D.C.: United States Senate]:
      The California Highway Commission may, after a public hearing, determine that angle parking may be permitted on certain portions of through State highways, where in its opinion same may be done with safety and without unduly restricting the flow of State highway traffic, under the special circumstances shown to exist.
    • 1940 September 25, E. Ross Farra, “Safety in Small Towns and Communities”, in Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual Highway Conference: Held at the University of Michigan, February 15 to 17, 1940 (Michigan University Official Publication; volume 42, number 25), Ann Arbor, Mich.: Published by the University, OCLC 173375792, page 81:
      One of the particularly annoying practices and one that surely contributes to many accidents is angle parking in small communities, parking too close to intersections, and double parking, especially on through streets or trunk lines through these small communities. [] In driving around the state I find many communities have eliminated angle parking and substituted parallel parking in its place. This is fine.
    • 1981 June, Andrea [M.] Vayda; Irving Crespi, “General Public Survey”, in Public Acceptability of Highway Safety Countermeasures: Final Report, volume IV (Pedestrian Safety), [Washington, D.C.]: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Springfield, Va.: National Technical Information Service, OCLC 9294719, page 42:
      Public support for angle parking was expected to be quite high because of the greater ease in parking. Since parallel parking is more difficult and cumbersome, the public would prefer angle parking because it is relatively effortless. Merchants were also expected to support (in fact, to advocate) angle parking because it offered a business advantage to them. With angle parking, business streets can accommodate a larger number of cars, thereby improving customer access to shops.
    • 2004, John A. Jakle; Keith A. Sculle, “Parking at Curbside”, in Lots of Parking: Land Use in a Car Culture, Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, →ISBN, part 1 (Parking as Modern Convenience), page 34:
      As parallel parking accommodated fewer cars, it substantially opened up streets to view, making them, in relative terms, look vacuous and making the downtown appear a place more for passing through. On the other hand, angle parking made downtown streets look crowded and made the downtown appear more a place for terminating trips.
    • 2012, Kerry Segrave, “Other Measures”, in Parking Cars in America, 1910–1945: A History, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, →ISBN, pages 38–39:
      The retailers complained that parallel parking was driving away trade because "lady motorists said they just couldn't park their cars parallel." [] Petitions against the new rule were circulated and, after amassing 1,467 signatures, were presented to the Commissioners, asking that angle parking be restored. It was, and new white lines were painted on the street again as angle parking was restored.

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