Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 21, 2014.
About this project
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):
“Parking 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 revenue generation.”
Where does the $5 go?
The Ticket Cricket Team strongly believes in being as transparent as possible when it comes to your money.
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 public-government collaboration.
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!
Risks and challenges
Dramatically changing how parking management operates is a complex undertaking that will face several hurdles along the way. The largest obstacle is convincing Mayor Hancock to give 5 for 5 a chance. The Ticket Cricket Team has developed the software but without cooperation from the city, 5 for 5 is just a pretty app. In order to overcome this challenge, the Ticket Cricket Team is running this Kickstarter campaign to give the drivers of Denver a unified voice that the Mayor can hear throughout the city.
Another challenge that Ticket Cricket takes very seriously is making sure every driver is satisfied with their 5 for 5 experience. We wanted to ensure that all customer service issues fell on our shoulders so we created Chirper Customer Service Agents (CCSA). The CCSAs will take time to onboard and that may delay the launch of Ticket Cricket: 5 for 5 but we will be very open and transparent regarding time frames.
If this Kickstarter campaign is successful and the City of Denver still won’t give 5 for 5 a chance, Ticket Cricket will automatically refund your money. So there is ABSOLUTELY NO RISK in showing your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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