Posted on 11/29/2011 11:16:00 AM
by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President
...another urban myth!
Like many of you I regularly park in the decks that are available within the City Centre in downtown Elmhurst. I park in them for work, for shopping, for dining, the show, just about every time I am in that area.
The decks are great in my opinion. They are clean. They usually have open spots. Unless you’re at the top, they are covered in poor weather. Straight in parking so no parallel challenges. I even enjoy the views they afford you of Elmhurst as you look out.
But…let me state that Parking Deck Etiquette is often lacking and I fear it’s just another urban myth to begin with. I have some examples.
- Speeding. Up and down the ramps at “high” speed is bad enough, but taking the deck’s corners tight to improve your world record time is really too much. Meeting someone engaged in their personal Monte Carlo ride can be quite stimulating.
- Backing out without looking. A favorite of mine since I was just missed recently. Your car’s back-up lights and maybe even your back- up camera are not indicators of privilege. You are still obligated to see if anyone is actually behind you before you emerge. If someone is there by the way, you might want to wait a bit.
- Crossing the lines. The deck spaces themselves are pretty generous in size I think. They are wide enough and the lines marking the spaces are quite nice and easy to see. So, perhaps some folks could consider staying between them when parking. Maybe even try to be somewhat centered within them sometimes. Memo for future users, if you are outside your lines too far you are likely taking two spots for your car, although you will be able to get in and out easier so maybe that’s why you might do it.
- Handicapped spots. If you are not handicapped, these spots are not for you. You need that mirror-hanger too. Also, you are not the judge of whether you are handicapped or not. Some of us may make that judgment for you though!
- Favorite Slots. This is for permit parkers of course, but I have actually been stared down for daring to park in certain slots especially during the week. They obviously belong to someone else but I was not informed. I feel badly about that…but not enough to move.
If you use the decks as I do you may have your own observations and they may not agree with mine. My bet, however, is that many of you share my etiquette issues, driving issues too. If you object to my views, I have another bet. I bet that I have seen you in a deck.
I was the one shaking his head and wondering what you would do next.