“Motor vehicle emissions contribute to ambient levels of air toxics known or suspected as human or animal carcinogens,” according to the EPA. “Exposures to air toxics can also cause noncancerous health effects, such as neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and/or immune system damage.”
The average driver spends an abundant amount of car idling time - an average of 17 hours a year - looking for a place to park their vehicle. It adds up to nearly 20 million gallons of gas released into the environment, further contributing to poor air quality. This issue is widespread: it costs the U.S. economy $73 billion a year in wasted time, fuel, and emissions to search for available parking spaces.
Many studies to address this parking problem have found there is actually an abundance of parking; it’s just not available to the public.
FlexePark, a shared parking management solution, was born from this frustration; one of its founders was driving in circles for a downtown parking spot, finding many private spaces unoccupied but off limits. FlexePark can improve mobility - and reduce fuel emissions - around Austin by making available additional parking spaces that were once designated as private or “No Parking” zones without the need to create new, expensive parking structures or lots.
FlexePark collaborates with municipalities to find efficient parking and enforcement solutions that do not use taxpayer money. Securing existing pavement near Capital Metro rail and bus routes and electric scooters creates an accessible, affordable and environmentally-friendly way to get around town.
FlexePark can also improve mobility for every driver through its simple pay-to-park user interface, which does not require to download any mobile app, rendering the solution practical for visitors or for people with older phones. Drivers use their phone camera (to scan a QR code) for registering a car and paying electronically, and the 24/7 helpline is always available.
Its all-in-one parking management service, powered by patent-pending technology, makes it possible for property owners - which can be as small a “business” as a driveway - to share their existing parking spaces for public use after their business is closed for the day. The owner console provides businesses with tools for marketing, promotion and management of parking users, and they receive supplemental income from a percentage of sales.
Because there is no shortage of pavement available, FlexePark can grow with demand to make mobility easy, simple and efficient. FlexePark will also offer pay-to-park service during special events and expand in-app promotional capabilities, offering paid opportunities for businesses to reach people who are in the right place at the right time.