Cul-de-sacQuestion: Can cars park head-in within a cul-de-sac?
Why: Cul-de-sacs are designed to allow traffic to make a U-turn at a dead-end street. The typical residential roadway is 40-feet in width and cul-de-sacs are 80 to 90 feet in width. The minimum turning requirements are set forth by the Oxnard Fire Department. Some fire apparatus requires a 96-foot diameter area to make a U-turn. Head-in parking also interferes with access to fire hydrants, is incompatible with driveways, and reduces walking spaces on sidewalks. For these reasons, the Traffic Engineer, in cooperation with the Police and Fire Departments, is no longer approving any head-in cul-de-sac parking.
The Law: California Vehicle Code §22502(a) states: "Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb, except that motorcycles shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. Where no curbs or barriers bound any two-way roadway, right-hand parallel parking is required unless otherwise indicated."
Penalties: $40.00 parking citation.
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