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Farewell Back-In Angle Parking

Sure, just when I get a vehicle with a sweet back-up camera...From the Downtown District:

Reversal of Back-In Angle Parking Scheduled for June 16

June 9, 2011-Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Downtown District is pleased to announce that the back-in angle parking along 1st Street SE from 1st Avenue to 7th Avenue SE will be converted to pull-in angle parking. The City of Cedar Rapids’ Traffic Engineering Department will design the conversion and weather permitting, the project will be completed by Friday, June 17.

The conversion from back-in to pull-in angle parking comes in response to feedback received from downtown business owners, employees and visitors. Back-in angle parking was first implemented in July 2008 to safely accommodate the high number of construction vehicles in the downtown area post-flood and to provide additional on-street parking capacity. Back-in angle parking will remain on the 2nd and 3rd Avenue bridges.

The work will be performed in the overnight hours in an effort to minimize any disruption to downtown parking patrons. Cedar Rapids Parking staff will be on site the morning of Friday, June 17 to assist parkers with questions or in need of additional assistance.

I really didn't hate it, although I can see why it was unpopular. I can still test my skill on the bridges.

City officials tried it in Des Moines while I was working there, and the first time I backed in,  I could see, in my mirrors, some very amused office workers laughing at my first attempt. But I got used to it.

I have yet to talk with anyone here who loves it. So I doubt many will miss it.

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