Miscellaneous: Little Details Mean Better Operations

This is a typical head-in parking design found at open air shopping centers.  There is a narrow strip of sidewalk, curb & gutter, paved space, then a wheel stop.  The wheel stops are used to separate vehicles from the sidewalk so there is no vehicle overhang.  We find two issues with this design: 1. If there are no parked vehicles the wheel stops are a pedestrian tripping hazard 2. The gap between the wheel stops and curb hold snow and trash. The space can be difficult to clear.

A better design is to extend the sidewalk width to the wheel stops. The wider sidewalk eliminates the wheel stops, it’s easier to clear the walkway, and provides a better sidewalk for customers.

Zimmer Consultants photograph

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