Tomorrow’s Cities Viewed In A New Light22JUNE, 2020The world’s population is projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, with as much as 70% of that population likely to reside in urban areas. As populations increase, urban infrastructures will need to evolve. How...
Fybr is proud to announce being selected as one of three finalists for a smart parking pilot with the City of Columbus, Ohio. The City is testing Parking Space Availability Technology to provide accurate, real-time parking data in its ParkColumbus mobile app, powered by ParkMobile.
A recent study found that, in the United States, drivers on average lost 99 hours in 2019 due to congestion—two hours more than in 2017, and the highest annual amount measured to date. Urban growth trends further complicate the picture—currently over 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, that number will exceed 68%.
COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on U.S. cities of all sizes, leading to increased expenditures and reduced revenues virtually across the board. The projected hit to U.S. economic growth from the ensuing recession will exacerbate the situation, presenting even more challenges for cities as they struggle to maintain structural balance.
It’s no surprise that thousands of U.S. cities are anticipating significant budget cuts this year. The widespread financial chaos isn’t sparing any sector, and communities large and small are hurting. Sharp declines in tax revenues due to closing businesses are already causing cities to slash expenditures and, barring new developments, we can soon expect reductions in local public safety agencies, police department staff, public works, and more. It makes sense then, that investigating ways to rapidly inject revenue into cities has taken on a new urgency.
Cleanliness has become a new national obsession. And for good reason, as arresting the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve” requires both sanitary diligence and social distance. Yet as people adopt these new preventative measures, the technology we rely upon often lags behind. In the case of parking meters, perhaps too far behind to keep pace.
The American Public Transportation Association reported that in 2018, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation. It’s a colossal number, and for many years, it’s been an ever-increasing one. Per the APTA, public transportation use has increased nationally by 21% since 1997, outpacing the 19% increase in population by a considerable margin.
We’ve all backed into parking spaces before. More often than not, it simply makes sense. Many parking instructors and experts—including the American Automobile Association and AAA—agree that backing into a parking spot is better for both safety and efficiency. This is primarily due to the fact that when backed in, a driver is able to see more clearly when leaving the space. For this reason, many drivers have developed a healthy habit of backing into spaces, a process made ever easier by the growing presence of in-vehicle backup cameras.
Fybr was selected to move forward with an expansion of a parking pilot with the City of Columbus, Ohio. The City is testing Parking Space Availability Technology to provide accurate, real-time parking data via its ParkColumbus mobile app.
Columbus, Ohio is one of the toughest places to find parking, but Columbus city leaders want to change the traffic headache that some find when they are in the Short North.