Cool Tech? Look Again with Equity Glasses

An ADA sidwalk cut is positioned at the side of a parking space.We have some amazing technology applications in the parking industry. Some people would be quite surprised if they knew just how “cool” technology has become for the seemingly mundane task of parking a car or a truck or a bicycle or any other means of transport using our streets (and yes, our sidewalks too). As a parking professional, Richard Easley, CAPP, knows that most of our parking related technologies can change lives for the better by improving safety, decreasing costs, and saving busloads of time. But what we do not recognize often enough, he says, is that this amazing technology does not serve all our stakeholders equally. In fact, in some cases we do a great disservice to a segment of our stakeholders by deploying some of these “cool” technologies in the manner that has become acceptable.

In the June issue of Parking & Mobility, Easley shares perspective on equity, parking, access, and technologies that may not serve everyone well. He includes personal perspective in the eye-opening story–part of the magazine’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series. Read it here.