On-street parking in urban areas is associated with several safety problems.
- parked vehicles blocking the sight distance of pedestrians, or of drivers entering an intersection
- vehicles blocking through traffic while trying to enter/exit a parking space
- conflicts with cyclists (e.g. a car door opened into the path of a cyclist)
- through traffic colliding onto a parked vehicle or trapped in the kerbside lane which ends suddenly due to parked vehicles.
Several treatment options are available.
Converting angle parking to parallel parking
Sight distance to approaching traffic is blocked by other parked vehicles where drivers are required to back out of angle parking spaces onto a road. Changing angle parking to parallel parking allows drivers to drive forward to leave the parking space with a clearer view of traffic.
In busy shopping streets, the carriageway can be narrowed, and a clear distinction made between the space for through traffic, and that for parking vehicles (including space for manoeuvring).
Occasionally on-street parking needs to be removed for safety reasons. This is usually achieved by erecting appropriate parking restriction signs, but in some cases may require the installation of physical devices such as bollards.
- Adequate on-street parking can help to improve pedestrian mobility and safety through the removal of vehicles that are causing an obstruction by being parked on the footpath.
- Carefully designed on-street parking provision may reduce crashes, including those involving pedestrians.
- The provision of appropriate on-street parking can help to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
- Can reduce the potential for sideswipe or rear-end crashes.
- Converting angle parking to parallel parking may provide extra road space if required.
Low to medium
5 years - 10 years
Potential casualty reduction