Smart parking lot design

Parking lots try to cram as many cars in as they can (the ones that charge you to park do, anyway) and so it often happens that you exit the car only to find you’ve overstepped the white line. If you’re conscientious like me, you get back in, restart the motor and wiggle the car the few inches required to fit in your own space. The problem is that you can’t really see the lines in the last stages of the parking maneuver…

Parking lot spaces

So I was in Tel Aviv the other day and saw a simple fix to this problem. Look in the photo: they extended the white line up onto the wall! That way you can see the boundaries in front of you (or back, through the mirror) as you move in.

Handicapped parking spacesWhile they were at it, they also did the handicapped spaces – now no one can say (honestly or not) that they didn’t notice the faded symbol on the pavement; if you park in one of these spaces, it stares you right in the face.

Good thinking!

5 Responses to “Smart parking lot design”


  1. 1 Jen

    Um…what happens if there is no handy wall behind the parking spot? That said, this is an ingenius solution. (Does anybody drive Escalades in Tel Aviv? How would they ever park?)

  2. 2 Nathan Zeldes

    Well Jen, I had to look Escalade up, so maybe there aren’t many; but SUV’s are certainly making inroads here too. As to parking them – isn’t the idea that you drive them into the wilderness? And that if you own one you’re rich enough to have a garage at home?

  3. 3 Jen

    Sorry for the obtuse reference. There are many Cadillac Escalades driving around here. Since I’ve never seen a dirty one, I doubt many are driving off into the wilderness! And yes, most of the owners around here have multiple-car garages…

  4. 4 Dominic Tramontana

    I think this is a great idea. My little Aveo is easy enough to park, but I have seen plenty of cars well over the line. Having the lines straight ahead will no doubt make it easier for anyone to park.

    Hmm…gives me an idea. Maybe I could paint my garage walls for my wife. 🙂

  5. 5 Pac-Vac

    Very unique. We’ll need to consider there approaches. Without a wall I guess you could substitute a vertical ground marker. Thanks!

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