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Emerging Trends in Parking: Smart Parking


Today’s parking lot has moved far beyond simply parking cars.

Did you know the installed base of global on-street smart parking spaces is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2026? According to a new survey by The International Parking Institute (IPI), technology continues to transform the ever-evolving parking lot industry. That’s right, the largest emerging trend in parking lots today relates directly to technology, known as smart parking. No single technology offers a complete solution for everything. We’re seeing a combination of different technologies being utilized by city officials and parking operators designed to help transform parking into a more efficient, profitable, and sustainable industry.

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Parking Design Checklist

Parking lot design isn’t just a matter of painting stripes and arrows and erecting or hanging signs. There are many design considerations, some required by city laws and others simply appealing to customers, you should incorporate into your parking lot layout.

 

Here, we’re going to provide you with a checklist of need-to-haves and nice-to-haves to include in your parking lot design.

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Why is Yellow the Color of Caution?

 

Yellow has come to symbolize a great many things across cultures – meanings that are often conflicting in nature. Across Europe and North America, yellow is associated with amusement, gentleness, and spontaneity in contrast to other popular meanings, including deception, jealousy, greed, and cowardice. In Asia, yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and harmony and in Iran, disease, but also connection.

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The Curcio Checklist: Parking Lot Safety

When drivers are navigating through your parking lot, you want to make arriving at their destination and securing a parking spot the easiest part of their drive, especially if they’ve been sitting in rush hour traffic on the 405 freeway on a Thursday afternoon. At Curcio, we believe that safety is a key element in our business. We’ve created a checklist to guide you through ensuring your parking lot exudes the right amount of safety.

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Asphalt Slurry Seal

What is Asphalt Slurry Seal?

Slurry seals are basically a topcoat applied to existing asphalt surfaces and are made from a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate composed of finely crushed rock, and additives.

The additives may differ depending on the desired mixing properties, but tend to include polymers, which are long molecules consisting of repeating chain structures. Depending on the structure, polymers can bestow materials with desirable qualities such as high permeability or flexibility and strength.

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What is the Urban Heat Island Effect?

When you think of sprawling urban areas, there are a few issues that may come to mind. You might go into an inner rage thinking of traffic congestion and gridlocked streets. Or lament the lack of parking and curse the meter maids.

 

What you might not think of, however, is the fact that cities are much warmer than their adjoining rural areas – sometimes as much as ten degrees hotter. How is this possible?

 

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ADA Accessible Design for parking lots and garages

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures equal opportunity for US citizens suffering from any form of disability by prohibiting discrimination and promoting accessibility. Nearly 57 million Americans live with a disability, over half of whom cannot get around without the assistance of a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker.

 

The ADA of 1990 and the 2010 updated version makes public and commercial businesses responsible for designing their property to accommodate the needs and limitations of people suffering with disabilities. Public facilities are different than government-entities and are defined as any business open to the general public, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters, convention centers, malls, museums, and banks.

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The Weather’s Damaging Effects On Asphalt

California may be known for its natural beauty and laidback atmosphere, but the state is no stranger to harsh weather. Historically, the Golden State is subjected to oscillating patterns of severe drought and heavy rainfall combined with temperature extremes. More than just an uncomfortable nuisance, such weather patterns strain vital infrastructure, promoting costly damage that, for an entire state, can reach billions of dollars.

From potholes to sinkholes, California weather can certainly cause headaches for businesses, government officials, and workers responsible for repairing roadways, parking lots, and other concrete structures. To mitigate the destruction wreaked by nature, an understanding of how cold, heat, wet, and dry conditions affect asphalt can be used to implement preventative measures.

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Fight roadway traffic congestion with parking

California cities ought to include parking maintenance and construction in their efforts to curtail traffic congestion. Improving flow by standing still may seem counterintuitive, but providing convenient parking options will get drivers off the road and prevent them from wandering in the pursuit of the ideal spot.

Cities don’t have to take up an already limited amount of space to create ideal parking areas. Read on to learn how your city can combat congestion through creative parking solutions.

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Top 5 Features of a Great Parking Lot

You’ve probably got a meticulous business plan, but does it include a functional and aesthetically pleasing parking area or consider the proximity and design of public parking and privately owned garages? Most customers will not wait in line for parking, deciding to try their luck elsewhere instead. Without adequate parking capacity and efficiently designed lots, you may be hurting your business’s bottom line. To get customers through your doors, here are the top 5 features of a great parking lot:

Efficient layout for easy navigation

The layout of your parking lot can determine whether the traffic flow is smooth or ends up severely congested. If you’re parking lot or garage is not easily accessible, customers may opt to take their business elsewhere. There are several elements you can incorporate into your lot to keep congestion at bay, including directional arrows and striping for easy-to-understand traffic patterns and convenient pedestrian walkways to prevent people from slowing the flow. Angled parking spaces and one-way lanes also make parking and leaving much easier.

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