Design Parallel Parking Properly

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  • Jeff Speck


THE PROPER WIDTH: On urban streets with at least moderate traffic, parallel parking spaces should be 7 to 8 feet wide in most locations. Eight feet is the standard, but seven used to be, and there is no reason to consider it inadequate; a Chevrolet Suburban is 6’9” wide. Wider parking spaces are one more thing that contributes to the elbow room that encourages speeding. On thoroughfares with less traffic, especially slow-flow and yield-flow streets (see Rule 50), parking spaces can be marked as narrow as 6 feet if space is tight. This gets people to park closer to the curb.

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