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Back-in, Angled Parking Pilot

On Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive

Back-in, Angled Parking

The City of Winnipeg is exploring ways to increase available on-street parking in the Exchange District. A pilot project began on Monday, July 24, 2017 to test back-in, angled parking on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive. In order to accommodate the trial parking configuration, this section of Bannatyne Avenue was converted to one-way in the westbound direction for the duration of the pilot. Angled parking on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue increased the parking capacity by adding 10 additional back-in, angled stalls. The pilot will last for approximately 8 months.

How to park in a back-in, angled stall. Watch the video.

  1. Find an open stall and signal to let others know you intend to park.
  2. Drive just past the stall and stop.
  3. Reverse into the space, using your side mirrors to view the lines.

Updates

February 21, 2018 – In a report to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works, the public service is recommending that back-in, angled parking on Bannatyne Avenue become permanent and that it be expanded in the Exchange District to optimize the number of available on-street parking spaces. Feedback was gathered from stakeholders and the public during the pilot and reviews were generally positive. Additionally, the pilot found that traffic was not adversely affected by the change from two-way to one-way traffic on this section of Bannatyne Avenue. See the Engage tab for a summary of results. In addition, McDermot Avenue from Waterfront Drive to Rorie Street has also been identified as a suitable candidate for back-in, angled parking, and the public service is recommending that it be converted to one-way, eastbound traffic with back-in angled parking this year, adding nine additional parking spaces.

Engage

During this pilot project, we asked to hear about your experiences with back-in, angled parking and other changes on Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive.

Thank you to those who completed the summer and winter surveys. We received over 250 responses in the summer and 68 in the winter. The summer survey was open from July 24 to September 25, 2017 and the winter survey was open from January 2 to January 15, 2018.

Feedback gathered from the summer and winter surveys were generally positive. A summary of the results is below.

Responses from the summer survey (254 responses from the summer survey):

  • 76% of responses were aware of the pilot prior to visiting the area.
  • On a scale from 1 to 7, 69% of responses rated their experience as a “7” when asked: “How would you rate your overall experience parking in the back-in, angled stalls?  With one meaning you did not like it at all and 7 meaning you liked it a great deal.”  
  • 69% of the respondents that used angled parking rated their experience as “very comfortable”.
  • 82% of respondents indicated that back-in angled parking was “easy” or “very easy”.
  • 59% of respondents “strongly supported” the change of Bannatyne Avenue from two-way to one-way traffic to accommodate the implementation of diagonal parking.

A follow-up on-line survey was set up on winnipeg.ca from January 2-15, 2018 (68 responses):

  • 79% were aware of the pilot prior to visiting the area.
  • On a scale from 1 to 7, 46% of responses rated their experience as “7” when asked: “How would you rate your overall experience parking in the back-in, angled stalls? With 1 meaning you did not like it at all and 7 meaning you like it a great deal.”
  • 43% of respondents that used angled parking rated their experience as “very comfortable.”
  • 55% of respondents indicated that back-in angled parking was “easy” or “very easy”.
  • 68% of respondents support (either strongly or somewhat) the adjustment of Bannatyne Avenue from a two-way street to a one-way street in the westbound direction.

For further information please contact pilotproject@winnipeg.ca or contact 311.

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Timeline

Back-in, Angled Parking Pilot timeline

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Background

On September 28, 2016, Council directed the Winnipeg Public Service to explore innovative on-street parking solutions for the Exchange District with the aim of increasing the available number of on street parking spots.

A pilot back-in, angled parking pilot project is planned for Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive. In order to install the angled parking, the street must be adjusted from a two-way street to a one-way street in the westbound direction. Angled parking on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue will increase the parking capacity by adding 10 additional back-in, angled stalls.

What’s changing?
  1. Line painting of stalls will change on-street parallel parking spaces to back-in, angled parking stalls.
  2. Increasing on-street parking on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue by 10 with back-in, angled stalls.
  3. Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive will become one-way in the westbound direction.
  4. Planters will be placed to signify closure of the entrance to the roundabout on Waterfront Drive from Bannatyne Avenue.
Angled Parking Changes Map

As part of the pilot project, feedback will be gathered from stakeholders and the public including local area businesses, residents, street parking users and those traveling through the area to determine the effectiveness of the change and to determine the feasibility of making further angled parking adjustments elsewhere in the city.

It is anticipated the Public Service will provide recommendations to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works in the spring of 2018 based on the findings of this pilot.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Pilot Notification 2017-07-18 Community Letter
Pilot Signage 2017-07-24 Advertisement
News release 2017-07-21 News release
News release 2018-01-02 News release

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of the pilot project?

During the pilot project feedback will be gathered from area businesses, residents, stakeholder groups, and the public to determine the effectiveness of the change to angled parking and ease of use. This information will be used to determine the feasibility of making further angled parking adjustments in other locations around the city.

City staff will also monitor traffic flows, maintenance issues, parking guideline compliance, and overall operation of the pilot project site.

How long will the pilot project continue?

The pilot project began in summer 2017 and will continue throughout winter 2018 to fully test the design in terms of winter snow clearing and maintenance.

How can I provide feedback on the back-in,angled parking?

An online summer survey was open from July 24 to September 25, 2017 and an online winter survey was open from January 2 to January 15, 2018. Those wishing to provide feedback can also contact the city via email to pilotproject@winnipeg.ca and 311

What will happen if I park my vehicle incorrectly in the new angled parking stalls?

Back-in, angled parking stalls require vehicles to back-in. If a vehicle parks incorrectly such as driving straight into the stall instead of backing in, a penalty notice will be issued in the amount of $70.00 for improper parking.

Will parking time restrictions be changed?

No.

Do I have to pay for parking in the stalls being tested as part of the pilot project?

Yes. The back-in, angled parking stalls on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive are similar to other paid parking stalls in the city. Motorists parking in the back-in, angled parking stalls will require a parking receipt from a parking pay station or payment through the PayByPhone app.

Why are motorists required to back into the angled parking stalls?

Back-in parking is an emerging best practice that is being proposed in many U.S. Cities. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (Traffic Engineering Handbook 7th Edition) back-in, angled parking is safer for all parties, because the driver or the automobile has visibility of street traffic far sooner, particularly if parked adjacent to an SUV. Backing in also makes it safer for people accessing the trunk or cargo area of their vehicle.

Why does Bannatyne have to be made into a one-way street in this section?

Back-in, angled parking can allow for additional parking spots to be added but requires more room for the angled vehicle as well as more room to maneuver in and out of the parking spot. With the back-in, angled parking there is only space for one traffic lane on Bannatyne.

I am a business owner. How will this affect my business?

The City frequently hears from Exchange businesses that more parking is needed in the area. Feedback From local businesses will be important in determining the success of the pilot project. We encourage businesses to contact the project team about what they are experiencing as a result of the pilot project.

What will happen to the entrance to the roundabout on Waterfront Drive from Bannatyne Ave?

The eastbound entrance to the roundabout will be temporary blocked off with planters. If this project is received there will be opportunity to provide permanent improvements.

Are any changes being made to the cycling lane at this time?

No changes will be made to the existing bike lane. This project does not prevent any future improvements to upgrade the bike lanes to protected bike lanes. Our focus at this time will be on collecting feedback on the pilot parking project.

What are the costs associated with the pilot project?

There are minimal costs associated with this project.

What will determine if the City keeps the back-in, angled parking on Bannatyne Ave?

A number of factors will determine if the back-in, angled parking is successful enough to make permanent.

Maps

Angled Park map before and after

  1. Line painting of stalls will change on-street parallel parking spaces to back-in, angled parking stalls.
  2. Increasing on-street parking on the south side of Bannatyne Avenue by 10 with back-in, angled stalls.
  3. Bannatyne Avenue between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive will become one-way in the westbound direction.
  4. Planters will be placed to signify closure of the entrance to the roundabout on Waterfront Drive from Bannatyne Avenue.

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Last update: March 15, 2018