New parking website to help people with accessibilty needs
A new independent parking website for Bendigo has been unveiled to help people with accessibility issues identify disabled parking bays that better suit their needs.
An Australian start-up company Spot Parking has created the website for Bendigo city centre, which provides useful digital parking information, including parking fees, restrictions, loading zones and free parking options.
One of the first innovations is the star-rated information given for accessible parking spaces based on a recognised ranking system.
The City of Greater Bendigo worked closely with Spot Parking during the development and invited the City’s Disability Inclusion Reference Committee (DIRC) to be part of the process.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said DIRC’s feedback was extremely productive and helped the web designers to create information for the city’s accessible parking spaces based on a star-rated system.
“DIRC raised the issue that people didn’t know which disabled parking spaces were good for vehicles that required a hoist. They were also unsure if there were bays suitable for the rear-loading of wheelchairs,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The new website technology has a rating system for the disabled spaces so residents can identify the best options to meet their access needs. It rates the size of the space, hoist suitability, ramp access, and provides information on the parking time limit.”
Spot Parking CEO Elizabeth Zealand said the aim of the website was to give the community and visitors easy and quick information as a lot of existing trip planning tools could only tell people how to get from A to B.
“We’ve developed this website to help residents and visitors to Bendigo better understand parking rules, time limits, the fees applied at various locations, and to show free parking options too,” Ms Zealand said.
“We very much encourage people to hop onto the Spot Parking website and try it out for themselves. We welcome feedback from the community on what new features would help, or any features that could be improved on the website.”