SEA BRIGHT MULLS MORE BACK-IN PARKING

BETTER NEXT TIME on Make A GifA motorist attempts to park in a reverse-angle space in Sea Bright last June. Mike Dannemiller, below left, addresses the council Thursday morning. (Photos by John T. Ward)

By JOHN T. WARD

sb council 011515Hoping to piggyback on a plan by the state to repave the town’s main drag in coming weeks, Sea Bright officials gave informal approval Thursday to the creation of bike lanes on Ocean Avenue.

They stopped just short, however, of doing the same for a proposal to expand the new-to-Monmouth County use of reverse-angle parking.

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SEA BRIGHT TRIES A NEW ANGLE ON PARKING

BETTER NEXT TIME on Make A.GifKathy Morris attempts to park in the new reverse-angle spaces last week; she promises she’ll soon master the task. The concept was championed by trauma nurse Linda Richter, below. (Photos by John T. Ward)

By JOHN T. WARD

linda richter 061814Arriving at the Sea Bright Supermarket one afternoon last week, borough resident Kathy Morris struggled to align her SUV with a back-in, angled parking space.

Wait: a what?

Angled parking spaces, popular decades ago throughout American downtowns, appear to be making a return, but this time with a twist: motorists must back into them, rather than park nose-in.

Last week, Sea Bright became the first town in Monmouth County to give back-in, or reverse-angle, parking a try with the creation of eight curbside spaces in front of the Ocean Avenue supermarket.

And there are plans to implement the concept gradually throughout the borough, said Linda Richter, a borough resident and trauma nurse who spearheaded the change as a safety measure both for motorists and pedestrians.

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