by: Michelle Sopko
A courtesy street can also be known as a queuing street. On this street there is either parking on one or both sides of the street and not enough room for traffic to move in both directions. If two cars encounter each other, one must pull over in the parking shoulder while the other continues. One example is in on Harrison Street in Brookline, MA. A map location can be found below.
As seen in the picture there is a car parked on the right side of the road. This road can be very busy as it is used for through traffic. During the day there is no parking on the left side of the road making it wide enough for two cars to pass at a time. At night there is parking allowed (after 6p) and the road becomes a courtesy road. Traffic is not very busy at night, making this courtesy road convenient for travelers.
Boston is one of the most popular places to find courtesy roads. Some parts of the city that are rather busy, use one way roads because it requires the same space, but reduces the number of accidents. In less busy areas, courtesy roads are used to eliminate the inconvenience of one way roads. Boston utilizes courtesy roads when it is beneficial!