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Parking lines on Queens street reverse, but drivers confused, not convinced

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Sometimes you have to go backward to go forward - and that's causing some chaos in one Queens neighborhood.

 

Calling it a safety improvement, the city Transportation Department is flipping parking lines on some wide streets to encourage drivers to back into angled curbside spots.

 

"It's safer to back into an empty parking space than back out of one into oncoming traffic," DOT spokesman Seth Solomonow said.

 

But by reversing the angle of the painted lines that define the parking spaces, DOT has made it much harder for drivers to park headfirst.

 

"I find it very confusing," contractor David Graber, 61, said, parking on 108th St. near 65th Road in Forest Hills.

 

"The last time I was here, it was easy. You just pulled right in. They should've used someone less educated to make this decision."

 

Lara Gomez, 37, also had difficulty parking in one of two newly defined strips of parking spaces on 108th St. between 64th Road and 65th Ave.

 

She had to pull off a three-point maneuver: swing in to the curb, reverse to straighten out her minivan and slip into the spot.

 

Full story: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2009/07/24/2009-07-24_lines_shift_into_reverse_but_drivers_wheel_confused.html#ixzz0MBaCXNQJ

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I feel that a simple sign "BACK IN PARKING ONLY" would help in this situation.

 

Backing out of angle parking spots, especially on busy streets, can be very dangerous.

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Heard the story on 1010WINS, a local business owner reported seeing cops ticketing all back-in parked cars.

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