Conrad

22nd Jul 2021

How to Find Smart Parking in Your City



Sure, parking spaces aren’t exactly in short supply across major UK cities. But having more bays doesn’t necessarily help to reduce traffic either. One study suggests that the search for parking may be behind as much as 74% of traffic in downtown areas. For a city like London — which hopes to have a zero emission transport system by 2050 — this is Euro 2020-level bad news (too soon?).

As someone who values having a sustainable work commute, you might be wondering what you can do to help. An alternative like smart parking (which the Stashbee team takes a lot of pride in offering) removes your morning hunt for a space altogether. The same goes for when you’re looking to book short-term parking on a whim outside of the area you work in.

What is Smart Parking?

Smart parking is a way to secure a parking space in the least amount of time possible. Booking the space, interacting with the owner, and paying for the rental all takes place through an online platform like Stashbee’s. This process guarantees a parking space for your car every morning at an affordable price. By cutting out the waiting time from having to linger outside a parking garage or circle around the block looking for an open space every day, you also cut back on exhaust emissions in the process.

A recent study found that 64% of British drivers felt stressed trying to find a parking spot. Knowing that you have one of our secure parking spots near your workplace can reduce early morning anxiety in your life. It also gives you more time to focus on the important things in your life, like prepping for that big presentation at work (gulp). Imagine being able to leave a few minutes later every morning and having more precious moments to spend with your family in the morning (thank us later!).

How Does Smart Parking Work?

Smart parking takes advantage of parking spaces or driveways on people’s properties that are already there, but aren’t being used. Stashbee’s parking space Guests get to choose from hourly, daily, and monthly rentals. We cover a wide range of locations, from Camden to Westminster, all the way through to Wimbledon and beyond. All in all, it’s a match made in heaven.

It’s estimated that up to 43% of all cars in the UK use on-street parking during the week. That’s a staggering amount that can clog up traffic in any city. If more people chose smart parking through Stashbee, the traffic burden would be alleviated in a big way.

More smart parking users would also drive down demand for parking lot expansions. This, in turn, stops the rent prices being driven up once a new parking lot opens in the area. Now that’s good for you, good for your bank account, and good for the environment.

Parking so smart it can do math this complicated.

A typical smart parking booking

Say you’re looking to book smart parking near your office in London. Stashbee’s services are a great example of smart parking made simple (even if we do say so ourselves).

All you have to do is enter the location you’re after on our website, and fire off a quick search. We’ve made it extra comprehensive by offering toggles for additional filters like security and lighting to give you a chance to find exactly what you’re after.

After you’ve found the right space and entered in how long you need it for, payment is secure and takes just a few seconds. Once the Host has confirmed the booking, you can even arrange a virtual introduction or viewing session to break the ice before you park your car there for the first time.

Smart parking and the sharing economy

Smart parking is made possible because of something called the sharing economy. In a nutshell, the sharing economy is an online network that lets one person share a need (like a fixed parking space close to where they work) with someone who can meet that need (like a Stashbee Host who has one).

A recent Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey (BICS) painted a slightly gloomy picture of how the performance of the sharing economy was impacted by the pandemic. The study looked at earnings from some of the biggest players in the market. It showed that turnover was down as much as 50.8% over a specific period in late 2020.

All is not lost, however. Continued support for sharing economy businesses (like ours!) helps the sector to bounce back faster. As it grows, it will create a lot more opportunities for innovation. From there, anything is possible.

Mmm… sharing never looked so good.

Making your commute as green as possible

On top of exploring smart parking, there are other things you can do to make your commute as environmentally friendly as possible. Going green may even end up saving you a bit of money at the end of the month too. When you partner that with the low prices of a Stashbee booking, you’ll be saving… a lot!

You might already be in the process of saving for a more eco-friendly car. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the negative effects of old faithful in the meantime. Consider the following:
  • Routine maintenance is a must
  • Check your tyre pressure regularly, as lower pressure leads to higher petrol consumption
  • Keep your car as light as possible (no roof rack during the week!) to lower consumption and reduce exhaust fume emissions in the process
If you’re renting a Stashbee parking space near work, find out from your colleagues if anybody lives close to you. Suggesting that they carpool with you in the morning (especially if they typically drive their own car to work each day) can cut the usual emissions between the pair of you in half. You can also split your monthly petrol costs. Who knows, you may even end up going “halfsies” on the parking space rental too!

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Now that you’re smart parking equipped (and then some), it’s possible to start making some positive changes to your daily commute. With Stashbee, you can say goodbye to lingering outside an expensive parking garage before work every day or driving around in circles trying to find an open space. For good. Our team is pretty much always on hand to help you find an ideal parking space rental at a price that fits your budget.

Don’t forget that parking at one of our Host’s homes also means that your car is safely tucked away with said Host every day. If you play your cards right, they might even agree to keep an eye on it through their window while you’re at work each day.

Perhaps you’ll even end up becoming the best of friends! After all the social isolation we’ve endured during the pandemic, doesn’t that alone make it worth giving it a go?



Thanks for reading

Conrad · Stashbee Team




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