If you are headed to 6th Street in Austin, you may want to brush up on your parking skills. New “back-in,” diagonal parking spots could take some getting used to.
The city added them about a week ago, and the reviews have been mixed.
“I think they’re great,” said driver Molly Bean.
“There has got to be a better idea than this,” said driver Tim Minner.
The spots are between Blanco and Lamar, and they are supposed to make the road safer for cyclists. The angle reduces the blind spot that drivers would otherwise have by pulling out backwards.
Cyclist Rob D’Amico rides along 6th Street every day to work. His trip is about six miles, and he says the new spots make a big difference.
“You can make eye contact with the driver,” D’Amico said. “You both see each other and they are not going to pull out in front of you.”
Some businesses, however, have seen sales drop. Customers at Wiggy’s Liquor Store call the spaces frustrating and confusing. Owner Tim Kutach uses “negative” and “alarming” to describe the feedback he has received.
“I am going to have to do something,” Kutach says. “I am going to have to talk to someone from the city.”
The city is aware that the changes can be a little confusing at first. Flaggers have been assigned to help direct traffic.