While we’re circling the block in town, trawling the congested streets for a parking spot and getting increasingly cranky, we’re also doing something else - polluting our environment. The ugly truth is that 30-40% of urban congestion in major cities is caused by people searching for a park, going in circles sometimes for five minutes, sometimes for far longer. That’s a lot of time and fuel spent on a totally joyless activity.
We did the maths,* and you can reduce your carbon footprint by 227kg of greenhouse gases every year simply by ending your search around the block. How to end the search? With Parkable, of course!
All of this means you can go straight from your front door to your guaranteed parking spot with no (stressful, lengthy, unproductive and pollutant) searching for a park in between. In fact, if just 10% of Auckland’s 118,000 CBD employees did this, that would be a GHG saving of over 4000 tonnes each year. And if 10% of Australia’s 10.7 million employees followed suit, our atmosphere would be saved from 242,523 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
In addition to the environmental benefits, there are a few more added bonuses to cutting down the commute:
“...commuting does not just take up time; it can also be stressful, tiring and expensive. Indeed, it seems that commuting to work is the daily activity that gives the least amount of enjoyment, with commuting home from work only marginally more enjoyable.”
- How’s Life? Measuring Well-Being, OECD 2011
In the cities we currently live in, not all of us can access efficient public transport, realistically walk or cycle to work, or afford an electric car. But what we can do is eliminate the time that we spend circling the block, searching for a parking spot.
At Parkable, we want every parking space to be book-in-advance, so there’s less congestion, and less of all the bad stuff that comes with it. Reducing parking-related congestion may be a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction, and one that we’re proud to be part of.
Know someone who may want to share their parking space with the community? Encourage them to list their car park on Parkable and earn income when they’re not using their space, and get a dose of dopamine for being part of the solution!
*The amazing congestion maths:
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