In a dispute-provoking guest column Monday, "," El Cerrito resident Bob Wieder took exception to the law banning parking in the wrong direction on two-way streets and to the city's strict enforcement of the law.
A state law says you can't park your vehicle pointing in the opposite direction from traffic on either side of a two-way street. (You can't park with driver's door next to the curb.)
The law is intended in part to prevent cars from encountering each other head-on in the same lane. Wieder said the law is pointless on narrow residential streets where parked cars leave only enough room for one traffic lane.
While El Cerrito strictly enforces the law throughout the city, nearby Berkeley generally does not enforce it in residential neighborhoods.
Since Wieder's column provoked a lively exchange of reader views, we'd like to get a broader gauge of reader sentiment in the poll below. Please let us know where you stand, and please feel welcome to tell us the reason for your vote in the comments section.