Member News: Mayor Young Applauds New Partnership Between the Parking Authority of Baltimore City and SpotAngels
The “Waze for Parking” App Helps Users Find Parking
BALTIMORE, MD. — Finding a parking spot in Baltimore City just got a little easier. The Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) announces its partnership with SpotAngels, the first free, community-based parking app that helps drivers identify parking that meets their needs, avoiding future parking citations.
“I applaud the Parking Authority of Baltimore City for looking at new and innovative ways to address old struggles for drivers in Baltimore City,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This new partnership with SpotAngels will bring relief to residents and visitors alike as they travel across and around our city. I will always support innovative ideas and partnerships that benefit the residents of Baltimore, especially when those ideas aim to save our residents time and money.”
By downloading the SpotAngels app, parkers can search for parking near their destination, and compare prices, duration limits and parking restrictions. Armed with this information, drivers can avoid parking in tow-away zones, or streets with street cleaning or residential permit restrictions.
The goal of this partnership is to ease the parking headaches for both residents and visitors looking to enjoy the city. Over the past year, the app has provided 1.9 million drivers with information they used to make smart parking decisions.
How it Works
SpotAngels, called the “Waze of Parking” by Google, displays both on-street and off-street parking information on a map, showing drivers where to find cheap parking for the length of time they need. The app also shows all the rules such as loading zones, no parking and all other restrictions, helping parkers comply with the rules and avoid tickets. It also shows the hours of operation and hourly rate at parking meters, parking lots and garages.
A crowd-sourced app, all the parking information on SpotAngels can be easily updated by users directly on the app. The more data, the easier it is for everyone to find parking. PABC provided SpotAngels with data on parking meters, on-street parking restrictions and City-owned garages.
When a user leaves a parking spot, the app displays the available parking space to the rest of the community. These parking patterns collected from the community are then used to make recommendations on where you’re likely to find an open parking spot.
How SpotAngels is Different
The uniqueness of SpotAngels is not only in the fact that it’s the first to display all the parking information in a City but also because it is crowdsourced. It is the first app in the industry to create a voice for the parkers to help make their own parking experience better.
“It is thrilling to be partnering with an organization like the Parking Authority of Baltimore City,” says SpotAngels Vice President Maxwell Mickey, “Between visitors and residents, Baltimore hosts close to 30+ Million people a year. That is a lot of people and a lot of cars! We are looking forward to helping them quickly navigate the City.”
SpotAngels has previously established its community of drivers in 35+ cities including several metros nationwide such as San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., Philadelphia. In 2018, the app was featured by Apple and Google as “Waze for Parking” among the best apps. The company is backed by the co-founder of Google Maps, Lars Rasmussen among other Silicon Valley investors. SpotAngels is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is free to download and use.
About the Parking Authority of Baltimore City
Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) is a quasi-governmental agency of Baltimore City and a registered 501c3 with a mission to find, or create, and implement parking solutions for Baltimore City, and to be the resource on all things “parking” in Baltimore. PABC oversees the management of 14 parking garages, numerous lots, over 800 EZ Park Meters, over 1,500 reserved residential handicap parking spaces, and 46 residential permit parking areas.