I pulled into the parking lot this morning at my normal time and I saw a common winter situation: packed down snow (we got 5 or so inches overnight) covering the parking stripes meant drivers were at all sorts of angles and depths. It is a bit of a different lot – angled parking, sloped – but this is common across parking lots, including big box lots with straight parking, when snow obscures the pavement.
The biggest issue? Spacing goes out the window. Without lines to guide them, parkers are either too close or too far. Looking at the same lot later in the morning, it ended up where people are much too close together. In other lots I’ve seen this winter, people are further apart than necessary, pushing new parkers further out than necessary.
What might be solutions?
1. Some kind of glowing parking lines. This would have to be a strong glow to make it through snow. How about bioluminescent paint?
2. Heated parking lines. The cost might be prohibitive but it works for heated floors.
3. Pop-up parking lines. I’m not sure exactly how this would work with snow on top of them but perhaps they would be activated before the snow falls.
4. Parking lines that are more like rumble strips so people know when they are going over them. Again, having snow on top poses a problem.
There has to be someone working on this, right?