In many areas of NYC over half of all the traffic is caused by people looking for parking. With so many cars around parking spots are rare and hard to find. Another transportation problem are buses that are seldom exactly on time; their published times are not always accurate and leave the passengers waiting at the stop at times. These two problems can easily be solved through Roadify.
Roadify is a free to use website that helps you find parking spots and bus times. The site has intelligently formed a community of users who are rewarded when they let each other know of available parking or bus timings.
People use Roadify via text messages. For example, after you have created your account online and specified your cellphone number, you can provide information on a parking spot the following way:
1. Start your text with the word “GIVE”
2. Add the location of the spot.
3. Add the number of minutes until the spot will be open. If it’s open now, say “now”.
“Give 322 7th St in 5 minutes”
“Give 4th St between 5th-6th Ave now”
People can also notify each other of bus timings in real time. As you give all this information to the Roadify users and help them out, you get StreetCARma Points. Give your parking spot before you go to get 5 StreetCARma points, an open parking spot to get 3 StreetCARma point and give a bus location to get 1 StreetCARma point. With enough points earned you can get free stuff from Roadify’s business partners. This stuff can include coffee, pizza, or any other deal that is available. The offers depend on the team you join on the site.
This service is a great concept and will surely be beneficial to residents of NYC.