Don’t be put out by parking

A vehicle slowly creeps behind a pedestrian as he walks to his car. To the driver’s dismay, the pedestrian suddenly crosses two rows of cars, gets into his vehicle and pulls out of his parking space. Before the driver can claim the space, someone else dives into the space. This is a taste of what parking is like at ETSU. Here are some helpful suggestions to help you avoid the mad dash for the spot:

  • Know the prime-time parking spots for your schedule. Chances are that if you’re not getting to campus at 6 a.m., you’re not going to get a spot at the Culp Center, so plan for that. Watch the lots when you don’t have class. Which lots are in constant rotation? Those lots are probably your best bet for finding that coveted afternoon spot.
  • Coordinate with a friend who gets out of class 5-10 minutes before you need to be in class. Coordinating your parking spots with friends will cut down on search time and give you ample time to get to class.
  • Be nice to pedestrians. If you smile at pedestrians and ask if they’re walking to their cars, chances are they will be more than happy to give you their spots. Plus, if they’re not leaving, asking them right away will eliminate that 10-minute stalking period and allow you to search for other spots.
  • Get to campus early. Not getting the spot you want? Getting to ETSU extremely early will allow you park in almost any lot.
  • Get some exercise. It’s not always better to spend 20 minutes looking for a parking spot. Sometimes, it’s better to park on the outskirts of campus and ride the BucShot or walk to where you need to be.

—Dylan

News Editor

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2 thoughts on “Don’t be put out by parking

  1. Cynthia Canter says:

    I’m always amused by the whining of the able-bodied kids on this campus. They carry on about finding close parking when they are quite capable of walking or using the Buc Shot. I’m partially disabled, have handicap parking privileges, and yet still have to walk to my car uphill in the afternoon because I can’t park right next to the building where my last class is in the morning and must park farther away. Before whining about parking, think about those of us who can’t walk as well because of our physical and medical problems and take care of yourselves.

    • Mary D. says:

      So true Cynthia. In the main post I asked him not to forget to share that it is NOT ok to park in handicap spots, including the blue hash marks which are there to have an accessible area for people with disabilities. Many think just because parking stops handing out tickets at 4:30, it is then a “free for all” and they can park anywhere they want. Aren’t they surprised when they find out they got a ticket anyway? Public safety takes over when parking leaves.

      Also, are all the spots filled at Rogers Stout? I know every one of them are for people with disabilities. If anyone is parked there with out a hang tag or regular tag, call parking! (if after 4:30 call Public Safety).Believe me, they WILL come out and write them up. They are tired of the illegal parking as well.

      I do know Dylan is just trying to get out more information on it and will help out as he can.

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