Anyone who has ever driven in Vancouver knows that finding parking—even pay parking, especially downtown—can be difficult. Of course, the best way to deal with limited parking is to bike or take public transit, but sometimes you just need to drive.
Vancouver developers at A Step Above Apps launched a free app for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad in April 2011 that is designed to help Vancouver drivers find parking. Called the Park ‘in’ Spot App, the app has a built-in GPS function that pinpoints your location and then shows you the locations of all nearby parking, including free street parking spaces and the rates for nearby public lots and parking meters.
Though the Park ‘in’ Spot App initially concentrated on Vancouver, it has since expanded to include Seattle and Toronto parking, too.
In writing this piece, I checked out the website for A Step Above Apps, hoping to learn more about the developers. I couldn’t find any info about who these guys are (if anyone can help with that, please comment), but I did enjoy their parking “blog.” Whoever they are, they’re certainly passionate about parking: their posts include an analysis of median rates of parking across Canada and Going Green: Additional Scooter/Motorcycle Parking Stalls in the City of Vancouver. If you’re at all interested in such things—or, you know, crazy bored at work—check it out.