Drivers On 13th Avenue Share Complaints

Change comes in all different shapes and sizes. Some thrive on it and others utterly loathe it. The traffic changes and different parking system to take place on 13th avenue from Alder to Kincaid was drastic, and drivers are still getting use to the new layout.

“I really don’t think the back in parking works,” Alyssa Carrizales, a business and econ student, said. “It apparently gets done successfully a lot, but I think that a lot to with luck.”

Carrizales said she is a frequent driver of the area and it’s usually always stressful for her. Any person that ventures to this area by campus knows that when it gets busy and bustling it does just that. At any moment, a car can encounter a mass of people crossing the street while bicyclists ride by with their own agendas.

“The obstacles that make the back in parking difficult are plentiful,” Carrizales added.  “The bikers, pedestrians, cars driving right behind you that may not be able to give you the space to reverse into the spot, poor driving skills. I hate it.”

Not everyone has major league talent when it comes to backing in to park. Alexandria Johnson, a sociology student, sees the new parking process as more of a hassle than a help.

“I think the spaces are overly sized and that do this to make rear in parking easier for people,” Johnson said. “It actually takes up a lot of space and the person behind you has to know your intentions to back up and leave enough space of the person parking must lose the opportunity to park.”

Johnson was able to back into parking spot with ease that day but mentioned that “it takes a lot of effort.” Despite speaking with two people who have had negative experiences, I did meet a person who had a different opinion.

“I think it works nicely,” Chris Daniels, a theater arts student, said. “Everything seems to fit and there doesn’t seem to be much of a problem.”

I follow alongside Daniels to the parking meter asking him his thoughts on the one hour limit.

“I think the meters should be more like two hours for the same price,” Daniels said.

Johnson agreed with Daniels saying that by the time she reaches her destination she has to go back to feed the meter again. Carrizales said the one hour can be enough for those short banking trips or quick runs into shops. The time limit is fair according to her because it makes people do things quickly and gives others an opportunity to park.

“Walking saves money but I would drive if there was available parking that wasn’t a headache,” Johnson said.

About jennyaffan

Jenny is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism with a digital and social media focus. She can be contacted at jennyaffan@gmail.com.
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