Everyone struggles with parking. There are usually two types of people in a city during a weekday; those who live in the centre, and those who commute. The latter have large problem when it comes to parking due to land prices being steep and city’s struggling to cope with the increasing number of commuters everyday. City centre parking is vital for many individuals to allow them to work in the city. Many cities are trying to solve this problem by implementing initiatives like park and ride, and developing metro or tram systems. I believe these initiatives when implemented in conjunction with a redesign of the city centre parking system could alleviate the problem for commuters.
Meet Natasha; Natasha works as a locum nurse in and around the centre of sheffield. She lives in a small hamlet outside of the city in the peak district and travels to work on weekdays using her car. Natasha’s job involves travelling around the city centre to different care facilities to help out if they are understaffed or falling behind. She’s often based in different locations each day (or even multiple locations in one day) but most are within the ‘city centre’. Natasha doesn’t often know until the morning where she will be working that day and so does not have much time to plan her parking. Natasha also has an issue with knowing how long she will need to be parked for; she can often get called out to other facilities during her hectic day and has to relocate quickly. She often finds it is more difficult to park at certain times of the day like lunchtimes as opposed to in the morning. Natasha often wonders why parking charges remain at a flat rate even though the demand fluctuates throughout the day.
Meet Natasha the Nurse
Car park is full
Natasha can't find a space
Natasha is a locum nurse who uses her car to travel to many different patients everyday.
But wait, she can!
Book A Parking Space
Unfortunately, there is a major problem with finding spaces in the city centre as all the car parks are normally full.
She selects and pays on this screen
City Road City Royal
Please select the car park that you wish to reserve a space in. You can also pay in advance.
As Natasha reaches her location, she is annoyed to find that there is no car parking spaces. She dreams of a day that she can book herself a space in advance.
She is even able to see all her bookings!
When she got to work, her colleague told her about a new initiative in the city. The city has now become smart! Not only has she managed to reserve a car parking space, she has also found a quicker route that avoids the traffic. This is vital for short commutes.
Book A Bike
The User Interface gives her an option to search for a car park by name, and the date which she wishes to reserve the space for. She also needs to enter the number plate of the car she wants to reserve a space for. She then pays by selecting an option from the bottom, with prices fluctuating depending on the time of day.
Your booking at City Road is confirmed. Click a payment method to pre-pay.
By clicking on the cart button she is able to see all the reservations that she has made. When she arrives at the car park, her number plate will automatically be identified from her booking and she will be allowed in.
You have selected reservation for City Road on 19/06/18 for car registration NU02 MOD