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Like most maintenance projects, repairing the lines on your parking lot will be less expensive if completed by you. In fact, taking a little time to do the work yourself can save you and your facility as much as 90% per linear foot versus what a contractor would have charged. Unlike other asphalt maintenance jobs such as crack filling and sealcoating, however, line striping properly requires adherence to highly specific measurements mandated by various governing bodies.
These specifications will vary depending on the particular location of your property, with states and cities enacting their own requirements, so it’s important to consult your local codes before beginning a line striping project. There are still guidelines that hold true in many locations, however, and serve as helpful benchmarks of where to start.
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Standard Parking Space Size
Now, to answer the question, "how wide is a parking space?"
In North America, the standard parking space dimensions range between 8.5 to 9 feet wide by 18 feet long. Parking lot aisles will have a space between rows ranging between 14 to 24 feet, depending on whether they’re a one-way or a two-way aisle.
Additionally, most parking spaces will have an angle between 30º, 45º, 60º and 90º relative to the curb.
One-Way vs. Two-Way
Naturally, two-way aisles require wider dimensions for the safe navigation of vehicles in opposite directions. Most two-way aisles are therefore no narrower than 20 feet. One-way lanes, on the other hand, have more flexibility to be thinner—though might still require wider dimensions, depending on the other important factor below.
The angle at which a parking space meets the curb or median is one of the chief factors determining how wide the aisle between rows must be. The majority of parking spaces will be positioned at 30º, 45º, 60º and 90º relative to the curb or median. The wider the angle, the wider the aisle should be, as vehicles will need more room to safely enter and exit a spot. As such, one-way aisles of parking lots with spaces positioned at a 90º angle to the curb are frequently the same width as those of two-way aisles.
Standard Dimensions for Parallel Parking
The standard dimensions for parallel parking spaces typically require a minimum length of 22 feet (6.7 meters) and a width of 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) for a single parking space.
But overall, accessible parking lot dimensions can vary depending on local regulations and factors such as parking lot traffic, the angle relative to the curb, and accessibility features, such as having a handicapped area.
Parking Space Size for Large Vehicles
Parking space sizes for trucks and large vehicles can vary widely depending on the specific location, regulations, and the type of vehicles being accommodated. In many cases, dedicated truck parking spaces are designed to be significantly larger than standard car parking spaces to accommodate the size and turning radius of trucks and other large vehicles.
Typically, truck parking spaces can range from 12 feet (3.7 meters) to 14 feet (4.3 meters) in width and 40 feet (12.2 meters) to 60 feet (18.3 meters) in length. However, these dimensions can vary based on local regulations, the type of trucks or vehicles using the parking area (e.g., tractor-trailers, buses, RVs), and the specific needs of the facility.
To remain compliant with government regulations, parking lots must include a certain amount of handicap-accessible spaces with the proper signage and placement. The dimensions must also follow particular specifications separate from the standard measurements.
To account for wheelchairs and other equipment, handicap parking spaces will typically need to be a minimum of 14 feet wide. Depending on the accommodation of handicap-accessible vans, the length of a space might also need to be increased. Learn more about the dimensions of ADA-regulated handicap parking spaces.
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Parking Space Space Dimensions Frequently Asked Questions
What are the standard dimensions for a regular parking space?
The standard dimensions for a regular parking space in the United States are typically 9 feet wide by 18 feet long. However, these dimensions can vary slightly depending on local regulations and guidelines.
Are there different dimensions for compact car parking spaces?
Yes, compact car parking spaces are usually smaller than regular spaces. They are typically around 8 feet wide by 16 feet long. These dimensions are designed to accommodate smaller vehicles and maximize parking capacity.
What are the dimensions of an accessible (handicap) parking space?
Accessible parking spaces must adhere to specific dimensions to accommodate people with disabilities. In the U.S., they are typically 8 feet wide and have an adjacent access aisle that is at least 5 feet wide. The access aisle allows for a wheelchair or mobility device to be deployed comfortably.
Do motorcycle parking spaces have standardized dimensions?
Motorcycle parking spaces do not have strict standardized dimensions, but they are generally smaller and more compact. They are often marked with lines or designated areas, making them easy to identify in parking lots.
What is the ideal parking space depth for larger vehicles, such as trucks or SUVs?
Parking space depth can vary depending on the type of vehicle the space is designed for. For larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs, a depth of 20 to 22 feet is often recommended to provide ample space for both parking and maneuvering.
Are parking space dimensions the same worldwide?
No, parking space dimensions can vary from one country or region to another. While some countries may have standardized dimensions, others might have different requirements based on local regulations and the types of vehicles commonly used in the area. It's essential to check local guidelines for accurate information on parking space dimensions in a specific location.
But why is finding standard parking space dimensions important?
Simply put, if you are repairing, maintaining, or doing painting or line-striping work on parking lots, you need the correct dimensions for you to know how much material you need for the job.
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