April 2, 2014
If you drive a motorcycle or a scooter, then certainly you know of the pains associated with street parking. Not only do you first have to deal with actually finding a parking spot for your compact vehicle, but you also run the additional risk of getting ticketed. Well, good news! Yesterday, CurbNinja launched its app, which allows users to find and share parking spots for two-wheeled vehicles.
“Living in the city, you learn where all of the best places to stash your bike on the street are, especially for free. I found myself taking pictures of my bike in these spots to thwart possible tickets, and then mapping them for personal use,” said CurbNinja cofounder, Tim Hines, in a statement. “CurbNinja was born out of that mapping idea. We created the ability for users to share these spots with millions of riders across the country in turn saving them the hassles of city parking.”
Through the CurbNinja app, infomration on safe, free and paid street parking spots are crowdsourced by the users. Simply, riders of motorcylces or scooters can take a picture of available spots in any city and tag them on a map, pushing that information directly to CurbNinja’s database. Using all this complied data, CurbNinja users can search by their current location or address to find available street parking spots located nearby.
While there is no guarantee that any particular spot will be available at any given time, or that a rider won’t get a ticket (since every municipality has its own specific set of laws), it does remove the pain of having to circle several blocks determining where you can and can’t park.
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