Miami’s creative culture is catching the eye of many investment firms and start-up accelerators. A recent article by Nancy Dahlberg in the Miami Herald reiterates the exciting new prospects of South Florida and the reasons for which Miami is becoming a new tech ecosystem, with a big nod to ParkJockey.
“All the elements are here,” speaks Brad Harrison, a New York Venture capitalist. It’s position as the gateway to Latin America and a growing ecosystem of talented entrepreneurs show that there is an abundance of potential for finding the next best thing in Miami.
To read full article on The Miami Herald, click here.
Getting parking tickets can be very stressful business. It makes you wonder just how far people will go to avoid a parking ticket. One San Francisco woman went 12 blocks. With a traffic cop on the hood of her car!
The Huffington Post reports that Bo Mounsombath, 33, was trying to get out of a parking citation by swiping a ticket from another car and placing it on her own. Obviously, that old trick wasn’t slick enough to get by San Francisco’s finest, and while a traffic officer was writing her a ticket, Ms. Mounsombath hit the gas and took the officer for a half mile ride on the hood of her car.
Usually, parking tickets are only a petty, albeit expensive, nuisance. However, you never can tell when your morning can shift gears from facing a $50 fine to facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Don’t push your luck and don’t let parking tickets drive you insane. Keep your cool and book your parking space ahead of time with ParkJockey.
At The People’s Climate March, a dramatic display of political engagement and international solidarity, people all over the world participated in what has been recorded as the largest organized march for climate change in history. An estimated 400,000 marchers came out in New York City bearing loud voices and colorful banners, along with another 270,000 at related events worldwide. They excoriated our world leaders for not doing more to stem the tide of global climate change and raised a unified voice of hope for a brighter future, that human cooperation and ingenuity will be able to solve the greatest issue of our age.
Naturally, we here at ParkJockey took a step back to reflect on the state of our environment and what we could do to help make the world not only a more convenient, but a more sustainable place. As every driver knows, parking is huge issue, especially in urban areas. What most people don’t know, however, is the serious environmental impact of cruising for parking.
In 2008, Transportation Alternatives conducted a study on driving habits on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and the results were nothing short of astounding. After doing a close survey of a 15-block area on Columbus Avenue, Transportation Alternatives found that, on an average outing, an Upper West Side driver logs about .4 miles (.7 during peak hours) on their odometer. While that may not seem like a lot, cruising for parking adds up to 366,000 miles per year on the Upper West Side alone. That is enough to drive around the world almost 15 times!
Perhaps the most distressing statistic from the Transportation Alternatives’ study reflects the environmental impact of looking for parking. The tiny sliver of Upper West Side drivers looking for parking generates about 325 tons of Carbon Dioxide pollution per year. To put that number in perspective, New York City would have to plant 64,000 trees to offset the carbon footprint of those 366,000 miles.
ParkJockey wants to invite all New York City drivers to become a part of the global solution for climate change. There is a lot we could all be doing in our every day lives to help the environment and by using ParkJockey to book your parking ahead of time, you will not only be enjoying an extra convenience, but you will actually be doing your part in lowering the global carbon footprint. The days of cruising for parking are numbered; the future is one where we drive exactly where we need to go; no more, no less, and no waste. We here at ParkJockey see no reason why New Yorkers should waste their time, hard earned money, and gasoline looking for parking when an easier, cheaper, simpler and, above all, greener solution is here.
Get started with ParkJockey today by using the promo code GREEN to save 10% on your first booking!
Last Thursday, Igal Aciman, our Global Head of Sales & Marketing, was a guest speaker on Refresh Miami’s “You’ve Built It, Now Launch It!” panel. Other panelists included Sari Azout, Co-Founder of Bib and Tuck, an online portal to sell clothes and shop a curated collection of personal closets, and Dawn Dickson, CEO and Founder of Flat Out of Heels, a rollable flat that promises to ease the pain of women across the world. The panelists highlighted ways to grow your customer base, garner press and track success.
Refresh Miami began in April of 2006 and has grown to become the largest technology networking organization in South Florida. Their goal is to provide the community with a steady stream of educational content focused on the technological and entrepreneurial communities. Their events are held once a month in various locations around Miami. For more information, click here.
How You Can Waste Years in Traffic Looking For Parking
Wait….How Much Time?
Waiting in traffic sucks. In fact, it only gets worse once you reach your destination and then have to find a place to park your vehicle. It’s a vicious cycle of circling the block and looking for parking until you realize that’s no use, and with the clock ticking, you move on to the lots you passed by earlier only to find the ones closest to your destination are full and you have to circle back to a different lot. Did you know the average motorist will spend 8,325 hours looking for a parking space? In terms of days, that’s 347 days of your life getting stressed that you can’t get back. In terms of gas, that’s 47,000 gallons of wasted gas, or nearly “38 trips around the Earth,” all while essentially going nowhere.
How Slow Can You Go?
With 30% of most traffic in major metropolitan areas coming from people looking for parking spots, it’s no wonder that we all move at a snail’s pace. According to the New York Times, a study showed that weekday traffic in Midtown Manhattan moves at an average of 9.5 miles per hour. That’s “about the speed of a farmyard chicken at full gallop.”
When To Avoid Traffic
And if you have a case of the Mondays, having to go back to work after the weekend, think again. With respect to traffic in New York City, it’s a case of the Wednesdays, as Wednesdays are the days when traffic is at its worst.
To add insult to injury, late September, when the U.N. General Assembly is in session, coincides with the 25 slowest traffic days of the year when the average speed in Manhattan ranges from 8.6 to 6.9 MPH. Not surprisingly, other large clusters of traffic hover in New York City in November and December, when out-of-towners flood the streets to be part of the magical winter season (and bring their cars with them).
But if you want to know when the traffic is the lightest, then enjoy Manhattan on the weekends, or the Fourth of July when everyone has flocked to the Hamptons.
More Strife, Less Life
The influx of vehicles into any metropolitan area, let alone NYC, leads to an influx of traffic. According to the NYC Department of Transportation, most cars coming into the central business district of Manhattan come from 60th Street bridge, aka the Queensboro Bridge. This gateway adds to the nearly 778,000 cars, which can be found below 60th Street each day. With all these cars on the road, if you don’t have a game plan for where you’ll be parking once you reach your destination, then good luck to you! Have fun sitting in traffic for hours and being late to your meeting 🙂 Instead, avoid the strife and get back to your life. Get back the time you waste trying to find parking and book ahead instead. Alliterations aside, life is too short to waste, so don’t.
The World Cup is an international football competition organized by the members of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) founded in 1904. It is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world. This year is the 20th World Cup, hosted in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th. There are a total of thirty-two teams participating at twelve different stadiums across Brazil.
The World Cup is heating up all over Chicago. On June 26th, Grant Park will be hosting USA’s final group match against Germany. Each event will feature ESPN’s live feed of matches displayed on giant 19’-by-33’ high-definition screens and will include look-ins on the fans gathered in Chicago. Admission is free and open to the public the only thing you will need to purchase is your parking. Fortunately for you, we have very affordable parking a block away located at 111 N. Wabash. Book now & enjoy the World Cup!
ParkJockey founder and CEO, Umut Tekin, is at it again – spreading the word about ParkJockey! Previously on prime time morning TV with CNBC, this time, he’s speaking with Axel Threlfall of Reuters on the Road. In this interview, Umut gives a great explanation on how ParkJockey uses predictive analytics to provide more intelligent parking spot recommendations to its users. He also gives some insight into ParkJockey’s larger plans. Check out the full interview below or click here.
The Pride Parade is a major event in Chicago. It started 43 years ago as an act of rebellion against harassment and discrimination. But today, it shows the unity of the LGBT citizens and enjoys support from the broader community. This year, there will be a lot more to celebrate; it is the first year where gay marriage has been legalized in Illinois and members of the U.S. Armed Forces can march openly with pride and without fear of being discharged.
The route of the parade will start at Montrose and Broadway, and end on Sheridan and Division going through Halsted and Belmont. If you are driving to the parade, finding parking is an obstacle. Fortunately, you are able to reserve your parking through ParkJockey which provides different parking facilities near the Pride Parade within walking distance, including 808 W. Addison.
ParkJockey and its employees are proud supporters of the Pride Week and advocate equal right for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.