If you live in a big city, you likely already have a pretty good idea of how shared parking can help your community. In fact, it could be even more helpful than you’ve already imagined, offering a whole host of benefits many people never consider.
If, on the other hand, you live in a suburb or smaller community, you may not see quite as much need for shared parking. Still, there are several benefits offered by shared parking that can help make even smaller communities a better place to live.
In this article we will touch on some of the most noticeable differences shared parking can make in a city, town, or other community, along with how those differences can make any community more welcoming.
1.) Less Traffic
In the busiest parts of any community, there are traffic jams. Often, these back-ups are caused by a lack of parking. As people drive in circles looking for someplace to leave their cars, they create congestion by driving slowly, stopping suddenly, and simply adding extra cars to the road that wouldn’t be there if more parking spots were available. Lucky for us, there are enough parking spots available – if we choose to share and properly utilize what already exists.
Parking-sharing programs can relieve this congestion by allowing drivers to reserve a parking place in advance. This means the driver will know exactly where they are headed and won’t have to wander around looking for a place to park.
2.) Local Business Accessibility
Cities and towns with a variety of local businesses lining their streets benefit greatly from shoppers and diners frequenting such local establishments. Unfortunately, if these local businesses do not offer private parking lots to their patrons, many people will shy away from visiting due to the difficulty of finding a parking space.
Fortunately, this problem can be solved by shared parking. Because shared parking programs allow users to reserve convenient parking places in advance, nobody has to worry about finding a place to leave their car while visiting local shops and restaurants. Are you starting to see a trend yet?
3.) More Green Spaces
Anytime people make the choice to share anything, it means fewer units of that thing need to be made in order to accommodate everyone. This is just as true for parking spots as it is for anything else.
Therefore, if everyone begins sharing their private parking spaces, we will have less need for giant public parking lots and garages. This helps everyone out by allowing communities to provide both residents and visitors with more beautiful green spaces to visit instead of all the cement and blacktop we’re so accustomed to seeing elsewhere.
4.) Happier Citizens
Less traffic, a thriving local economy, and more parks and greenery all contribute positively to the mental well-being of the residents in any community. This in turn creates happier, more productive citizens. While happier and more productive citizens is a nice benefit in and of itself, this actually leads to even more positives, as it means more active members of the community, resulting in better community programs. Additionally, happier, more fulfilled individuals are likely to be good and helpful neighbors, something we can all agree is a major plus.
As you can see, shared parking is a wonderful way to improve absolutely any community. From the smallest of towns to the bustling big cities of America, every place can benefit from a strong shared parking program.
If you would like to get involved in a parking-sharing solution for your community, you simply must check out ParqEx. This addition to the sharing economy offers individuals a chance to share their personal parking spaces while renting parking from others when needed – it’s like Airbnb for parking! Owners of private parking spaces list their parking spot(s) when available at the prices they choose – then let the demand for parking in the area take over! It is a wonderful solution to any community’s parking woes and a great way to start improving the place you live.
Want to share your parking spot (and make some extra cash)? Contact us today at 855-PARQEX-1 or shoot us an email at [email protected] Thanks for reading!