C-Street Reverse-angle Parking Pilot Study

The City of Springfield Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Commercial Street Historic District, introduced reverse-angle parking to C-Street as an eight-week pilot in the summer of 2016.

Reverse-angle parking involves parking stalls that are pointed away from the flow of on-coming traffic. Drivers must pull past the targeted spot, stop and signal, then slowly back in. While this style of parking has been implemented successfully in cities nation-wide, C-Street would be the first to utilize it in Springfield.

Transportation experts say reverse-angle parking is safer than standard head-in angle parking because of increased driver visibility when pulling out of a space into on-coming traffic.

Benefits of Reverse-angle Parking

  • Better visibility when drivers leave a space, entering on-coming traffic. 
  • Items can be loaded into vehicles from the sidewalk.
  • Open doors shield passengers from the flow of traffic.
  • Safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists due to increased visibility.
  • Traffic-calming effect

Other cities using RAP

  • Austin, TX
  • Columbia, MO
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • St. Joseph, MO
  • Des Moine, IA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC

Pilot Program

The pilot program involved restriping and posting signs in the pilot area between Robberson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue, near the market plaza. C-Street businesses distributed information to helped educate visitors to the area. The goal of the pilot was to educate the public about the new parking method and learn whether reverse-angle parking is right for Commercial Street. 

Parking Study

A 2015 parking study of the booming district found a need for 170 additional parking spaces. While several options are being explored, the quickest and lowest-cost solution was to restripe the existing on-street parking to eliminate the center lane and replace the parallel stalls on the south side of the street with angled stalls. Angled parking will create over 80 additional on-street parking spots. 

While reverse-angle stalls would not provide additional spaces than traditional angled parking, the added safety benefits for vehicles, passengers and bicyclists appealed to C-Street business owners who brought the idea forward in meetings with Public Works.

From 2010 to 2014, there were 10 crashes reported on Commercial Street involving a vehicle backing out of an angled space. This represents 55% of crashes on Commercial Street during that time period. 

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