Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) says reverse-in parking is better for people in cars and pedestrians as well as cyclists.
CAN spokesperson, Anne FitzSimon, applauds New Zealand Transport Agency support for reverse-in parking.
"Reverse-in parking improves the driver's view when pulling out of parking spaces."
"It's safer for passengers as they face the footpath when getting out of a car. It's also easier to access a car boot from the footpath rather than standing in the road."
"And it greatly reduces conflict with cyclists."
Reverse-in parking induces traffic calming by lowering traffic speeds and improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.
Ms FitzSimon says, "We are concerned that the AA believes reverse parking will lead to more accidents."
The AA refers to women drivers, the elderly and those with limited mobility being most at risk.
Ms FitzSimon says, "Surely appropriate driver training and suitable mirrors for those with limited mobility should be encouraged by the AA."
"All angle parking requires reversing, whether in or out. Is the AA saying other road users, pedestrians and cyclists are at risk from women drivers, elderly and those with limited mobility?"
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