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Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Four apps — MonkeyParking, Sweetch, ParkModo, and Haystack — aiming to disrupt the parking industry may reach their goal, but in the public sector, not private. Each app allows drivers to advertise the metered spots at which they’re currently parked. Other motorists then bid for the spots to avoid having to look for parking, a […]

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NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

NY becomes first state to update the handicap symbol

| August 6, 2014

New York made history late last month when Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill mandating the replacement of the iconic handicap symbol. “This bill is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than 1 million New Yorkers,” he said in a statement. The new symbol depicts […]

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U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

| July 29, 2014

Last month, a little-known group with a gigantic acronym — the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD-BTC) — voted to endorse a set of 11 devices that include bike boxes, contraflow bike lanes, and bike lanes through intersections. Cyclists nationwide cheered the vote because of its long-term implications. […]

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How the EU supports low-emission vehicles

How the EU supports low-emission vehicles

| July 28, 2014

After the cities of York and Manchester in the UK started rewarding drivers of low-emission cars, private companies caught on. Today, a garage operator in Rotterdam, Netherlands is now giving a 40 cent/hour discount to drivers of relatively clean vehicles. The garage operator, Interlink, checks license plates of cars to ensure that they produce under 100 grams of CO2 […]

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How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

| July 25, 2014

Parking garages and lots in the U.S. spend more than $6 billion on lighting alone. If their owners cut those costs, how much could they reap in revenue? A lot — or so the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign promises. The program offers advice about energy efficiency to owners of parking facilities, as […]

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Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

| July 17, 2014

To Scott Burnham, spokesman for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, it was just part of a “learning curve.” To 317 drivers, it was a ticket issued for parking legally paid. The motorists had used the ParkChicago smartphone app developed by Burnham’s company but were ticketed anyway, despite still having time on their meters. Burnham blamed enforcement […]

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Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

| July 9, 2014

When a construction site blocked a section of sidewalk along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, it spelled trouble for a Citi Bike station that also happened to be located on that same stretch. The station had to be moved and so was reinstalled a few weeks ago along a protected bike lane on South […]

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SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

| July 7, 2014

“I have the right to tell people if I am about to leave a parking spot, and they have the right to pay me for such information,” says Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO MonkeyParking, defending his controversial parking app. Unfortunately, the City of San Francisco does not agree. City attorney Dennis Herrera has sent a cease-and-desist letter to […]

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Preferential parking in Los Angeles: boon or burden?

Preferential parking in Los Angeles: boon or burden?

| July 3, 2014

Los Angeles: notorious for its tough parking. Does preferential parking help solve the problem or aggravate it? That depends on whether or not you have preferential parking yourself. What is preferential parking? A Preferential Parking District restricts outsiders from parking in a neighborhood. Los Angeles has about 30 of these districts. How does a district […]

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A robotic parking garage adds even greater curb appeal to luxury homes

A robotic parking garage adds even greater curb appeal to luxury homes

| June 30, 2014

When location isn’t enough, try a robotic parking garage. That may as well be the tagline for 12 East 13th Street, a luxury home development in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood that DHA Capital and Continental Properties are backing. The development, which will include eight units ranging in price from $7.5 million to $31 million, was […]

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L.A. group proposes to cap parking tickets at $23

L.A. group proposes to cap parking tickets at $23

| June 23, 2014

Drivers should only pay $23 when they’re issued parking tickets that don’t involve public safety, say members of the Parking Freedom Initiative (PFI), a citizens group that formed in Los Angeles to combat what it sees as abuses in the way the city enforces parking. What’s more, City Hall should create a process for involving […]

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