Back-in angled parking spaces
San Francisco has installed back-in angled parking spaces along a few stretches of roadway that are shared with a dedicated bike lane. The idea is that it's safer for both motorists and bicyclists. The bicyclists & motorists can see one another better on the car's way in, motorists can see everything better on their way out, and there's less "blocked lane" time both ways.
SFMTA Installs Bike Lanes, Back-In Angled Parking on John Muir Drive | Streetsblog San Francisco
An article about why it's safer
Why back-in parking is safer - The Week
A video entitled: Why back-in parking sucks, public outcry in Victor Idaho.
Why back-in parking sucks, public outcry in Victor Idaho - YouTube
The bicycle coalition here is very happy with this but not everyone else is. Each block lost two parking spaces in the transition from "90-degree" parking, which is usually never seen as a good thing in this city. And it seems a lot of people never learned how to back into a parking spot -- and don't want to learn how to do it now! The other day I saw a truck parked at an angle, but headed in with traffic, across the lines, and thus taking up three spaces. (He had three tickets, too!) Today I saw a woman trying to turn her car the 120 degrees or so to pull in head-first within the lines despite signs saying "Back-in Angled Parking ONLY" and despite it seeming to be completely against common sense to turn one's car all the way around to pretty much face traffic when parked.
What do you think? Is back-in parking a good idea, especially on streets with a dedicated bike lane? One of the roads they did this on is notorious for accidents where motorists just back out over the bike lane; they're looking for cars, not bikes. This does seem to solve that problem, and the bike coalition says there hasn't been *any* accidents involving bikes on that road since the back-in angled parking was set up.