McCaul St by Michael
You certainly know the feeling: you’re already circling around the block for some minutes, hopelessly searching for a parking spot and cursing the city, your car, and the people who were lucky enough to park… Well, before you get mad and start a riot, maybe it would be good to know that compared to other world cities, Toronto’s parking doesn’t seem to make it such a terrible place for a car owner.
And The Winners Are…
According to the newly released IBM first-ever Global Parking Index, our city fared well, at third place out of 20 countries when it comes to finding a parking space. First place was taken by Chicago (USA), while Los Angeles (USA) ranked second, and Buenos Aires (Argentina) occupied fourth place. On the other hand, Asian cities didn’t prove themselves too favourable; New Delhi (India) was evaluated as the worst city for parking, followed by Bangalore (India) and Beijing (China).
The survey considered the average time spent hunting for a parking space, whether it is even possible to find any, quarrels and fights over the space, and amounts of parking tickets received for illegal parking. While the average Torontonian needs about thirteen minutes to park, the global average seems to be set at twenty minutes, and the saddest parking story comes from Nairobi, where the average search takes about half an hour and 13 per cent of respondents there claim to have searched for a spot for over an hour.
The study also revealed that New Delhi drivers are most likely to have experienced a quarrel over a space, while the other side of the spectrum is taken by Toronto, Montreal, and Chicago, where only about 13 per cent got into a fight over last year.
What Findings Can Affect
by Hobvias Sudoneighm
Now, the question is what the outcome of such results could be. According to IBM Smarter Cities industry leader Jean-Francois Barsoum, city authorities may reevaluate the pricing of parking since too many spots are left free. On the other hand, it may just point out the fact that Torontonians are satisfied with their public transport system and prefer its services to using their cars.
There is also one point worth paying attention to. Despite the overall excellent results, 45 per cent of Torontonians have stopped searching for a place whatsoever at least once in the last year. This is probably a result of rush periods in the city such as holidays. Now, the task for officials is to come up with an idea on how to facilitate such peak traffic periods.