Back-In Angle Parking Test
The City of Northampton conducted an experimental test of Back-In Angle Parking at 8 metered parking spots on Main Street between Center Street and Gothic Street. The test began on August 5, 2007 and was concluded after 45 days on September 18, 2007.
Back-In Angle parking has been implemented in communities across the country because of its proven safety benefits over traditional front-in angle parking.
The Main Street test was recommended by the Transportation and Parking Commission with authorization from the Northampton City Council.
The test was closely monitored by the Parking Division and the Northampton Police Department. Transportation researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst performed an independent review, the results of which are still pending.
The Transportation and Parking Commission extends its thanks to all of the motorists who tried the experimental parking and offered their feedback on whether or not back-in angle parking was appropriate for downtown Northampton.
[Photo of test site taken Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 12:30 pm]