Parking tickets don’t work! They’re an antiquated approach to parking management in a mobile-centric world. Putting a ticket on a driver’s windshield doesn't help the people down the street find a parking space because:
1. The driver doesn't realize they got a ticket
2. If the driver discovers they received a ticket, they have no incentive to move their car – you already got them.
It is time drivers and parking patrollers worked together and communicated in real-time to make metered parking more pleasant and efficient.
Ticket Cricket, a Denver based tech start-up, has developed a solution that helps drivers avoid a ticket, increases parking space turnover for parking management, and drives more traffic to businesses. The Ticket Cricket Team has built the software and we need passionate Denver drivers to make it a reality.
I cordially invite you to read about Ticket Cricket’s 5 for 5 solution below and if you want to improve Denver parking, please pledge and share with your friends. The more backers this Kickstarter campaign has, the harder it will be for Mayor Hancock not to give 5 for 5 a chance.
Like everyone else, I hated parking tickets. I despised those yellow envelopes so much that, along with my co-founder, developed Ticket Cricket, a mobile application that allows drivers to alert one another of potential parking tickets. Think of it as parking karma; I’ll watch your car, if you watch mine.
We loved the idea of empowering a community of frustrated drivers but we wanted to go bigger. After talking with several city officials, we decided to create a solution that would change the parking paradigm forever. Instead of working around the government, we wanted to reimagine how to work with the government...
5 for 5
The Ticket Cricket Team is proud to present 5 for
5. The next time your meter expires
because your day got away from you, a patroller will send you a message with the following option: Pay $5 for 5 more minutes to move your car or receive a
ticket on the spot. Drivers avoid $25 parking tickets and the city increases parking space turnover. Everyone wins.
It's up to you, Denver
We've developed the software but we need you to make this a reality
for Denver. City officials aren't
convinced drivers want 5 for 5 and we are using Kickstarter to prove Denver
drivers have been wanting a better way for years. If you back 5 for 5, not only are you providing the funds to outfit
the patrollers with Ticket Cricket technology but you are loudly and proudly
stating, “Yes Denver, let's lead the nation in innovative parking management
policies that help all parties involved.”
When you pledge to Ticket Cricket's 5 for 5 campaign, you are essentially pre-paying for ticket alerts (called "chirps" in the video). If Mayor Hancock doesn't feel 5 for 5 deserves a pilot program, then you don't lose a dime.
So please pledge to show your support and share this campaign with your friends, family and co-workers. Heck, share 5 for 5's campaign even with your enemies - nobody likes a parking ticket.
Giving the City of Denver a Gentle Nudge
Parking Management's main goal is to maximize parking space utilization and they are OK with losing parking ticket revenue if that goal is met. Don't believe me? Check out the following statement from Denver's Strategic Parking Plan (pg. 46):
management strategies that are designed well and encourage compliance may decrease
the amount of revenue generation for the city from parking fines. However, the goal of the SPP is to equip
parking operations, staff, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders
with tools that are calibrated to achieve benefits that go far beyond that of
Where does the $5 go?
The Ticket Cricket Team
strongly believes in being as transparent as possible when it comes to your
When a driver accepts a $5
Chirp, a small portion goes to the city and the rest goes to Ticket Cricket to
maintain operations, which includes all equipment, technology, and the Chirper
Customer Service Agents. If there is any
excess revenue, the money will fund future tools that will further
Ticket Cricket does want to
make a profit however, and in order to do this without violating the public’s
trust; we've developed Sponsored Alerts. Every chirp will be sponsored by local companies that want to offer
engaging incentives to nearby drivers.
Note: The Rio Grande Restaurant is not a current sponsor but we are huge fans of their margaritas and wanted to show them some love. Incentive in image is not valid.
PepPod is a supporter of Ticket Cricket and we are hooked. Some could say Ticket Cricket is "Powered by PepPod!"
Not a Denver Driver?
Check out the $15 pledge reward. If you don't drive in Denver but want to bring Ticket Cricket: 5 for 5 to your city, pledge $15. You'll get a "Chirp On!" t-shirt and the city with the most backers will jump to the top of our expansion list. If you're from any of the following cities you might want to start spreading the word:
Approximate Parking Ticket Revenue (2011):
New York City – $591,000,000
Chicago – $263,228,000
Los Angeles – $158,417,000
Washington D.C. – $92,600,000
San Francisco – $88,000,000
Boston – $62,500,000
Why 5 for 5 is Important
Parking tickets may seem
trivial in the grand scheme of things but in actuality they represent the most
prevalent interaction ordinary Denver drivers have with their city. In 2011, Denver gave out 645,064 parking
tickets - that’s more than 1 ticket for every resident. If we can make parking tickets right, imagine
what else we can do if we focus on collaboration instead of penalties.
Chirp On Denver!