Parking
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

How to increase the returns and lower the costs of private parking garages

Parking lots shape a major part of our urban landscapes and economies. They can be bustling hubs for weary commuters and eager travellers, or lie vacant and unused. In a post-pandemic world, the demand for parking has plummeted and as remote and hybrid work becomes the norm, thousands of private parking garages are left unoccupied, posing both an obstacle and an opportunity.

The global parking industry is estimated at a whopping US$10 billion and private businesses with unused parking lots can tap into this market to unlock new revenue streams. At the same time, a lack of parking space contributes to carbon emissions and traffic congestion. A shared approach to parking management can help smart cities move towards more sustainable options and change the way we plan our urban spaces- less on-street parking giving way to more green spaces.

why should you consider renting parking spaces?

Parking construction can consume up to 20% of overall building costs and considering that a parking lot is mostly vacant, this displays a very inefficient use of space. Real estate developers and businesses with surplus parking space would benefit from considering the business opportunity presented by this alternate revenue stream.

Shared parking arrangements have next to no setup cost for businesses that already have a private parking garage. In fact, you likely already have the basic infrastructure in place and the easiest way to start renting your car park is to partner with a smart parking solutions provider. By bringing in a technology-based solution, you can automate processes and make management easier. Moreover, partnering with a smart parking provider makes it easier for you to find customers while avoiding the hassle of reservations and helping you manage the accounting for multiple transactions. This helps your business stay competitive with commercial parking lots and future-proofs your revenue model. With the rise of automated vehicles and electric vehicles, a smart parking solution is vital to staying technologically relevant.

There are two factors to consider before you start renting out your car park: the layout of your car park and who you will be leasing to. Reevaluate the layout of your parking garage to determine which spaces are under-utilised and which are overused. A plug-and-play smart parking solution can help you maximise the use of space (and your profits) while requiring no effort from your end. Second, consider who you can rent to. In most circumstances, your options will be limited to employees from surrounding companies and sometimes residents in the area who don’t have their own parking spaces and are looking for a long term parking option. Even though it requires some work, these are the most manageable groups because you can collect monthly rent and only have to deal with a few people. ( Other groups you can rent your parking to are travellers, commuters, tourists, expats and project based workers, and residents without their own parking spaces. The returns of these groups are higher, but harder to manage. Again, if you partner with a solutions provider, they can help you find new customers, handle the wide variety of renters and payment methods, customer support, and automation, with no extra effort from your business.

In the long run, private businesses with unused parking lots can tap into a lucrative revenue model by partnering with smart management platforms to optimise and monetise vacant parking spaces. The overall smart parking market is estimated to hit US$ 4.4 billion by 2023, with Germany emerging as the fastest growing market, and the demand for smart parking solutions grew at 18% CAGR from 2017 to 2021.

benefits of parking management systems for private parking garages

Renting unused parking lots is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Businesses earn revenue with little effort, travellers and commuters find parking spaces with no hassle, and cities see less traffic congestion, reduced pollution, and better use of public space. A smart parking management system, such as this one, is the most efficient way for businesses to start renting and the benefits include:

1. Easy technological integration
Parking technology can be customised to suit demand and your specific requirements.

2. Revenue management
Parking technology can be used to manage the day-to-day operations, track consumer behaviour and use the data to predict demand, initiate dynamic pricing, and optimise the use of space. Additionally, it can also help you manage reservations, revenue, and security.

3. Expand your user base
A parking management system has the capability to fulfill customer demand in real-time and help you retain customers by analysing usage patterns.

4. Easy to maintain
Smart parking systems are organised and easy to regulate should an issue arise. Operational costs are low, smart platforms are user-friendly, and maintenance is a breeze.

Sustainability and Shared Parking

Car parks are undoubtedly an essential part of the urban landscape but ultimately, the most sustainable parking garage is one that’s already constructed. This maximises land use and turnover while giving the car park owners a new business opportunity and potential revenue model. Shared parking can play a pivotal role in incorporating sustainability into city planning.

Shared parking is hardly a novel idea, with the concept existing informally for as long as off-street parking was incorporated. However, shared parking was often an ad-hoc deal- those with excess space would rent it out to a nearby business, or businesses on differing shift schedules could share the same private parking garage. Shared parking has also been traditionally employed by venues with odd hours such as restaurants, movie theatres, concert halls, or churches. While ad-hoc parking agreements have existed for a while, the increasing cost of construction and rapid technological advancements create an opportunity for businesses to engage with smart parking solutions.

Shared parking is hardly a novel idea, with the concept existing informally for as long as off-street parking was incorporated. However, shared parking was often an ad-hoc deal- those with excess space would rent it out to a nearby business, or businesses on differing shift schedules could share the same private parking garage. Shared parking has also been traditionally employed by venues with odd hours such as restaurants, movie theatres, concert halls, or churches. While ad-hoc parking agreements have existed for a while, the increasing cost of construction and rapid technological advancements create an opportunity for businesses to engage with smart parking solutions.

Shared private parking garages can reduce gas consumption and carbon emissions by reducing the time and distance a vehicle spends on the road. Furthermore, shared parking facilities in mixed-use developments can combine access to amenities, residential spaces, and businesses which reduces the need for people to drive to multiple locations. People can now park and walk, which saves them time, money, and energy, and can also change the way we plan our cities. Shared parking can be the foundation for this new vision of more walkable urban spaces.

Adequate parking plays an important role in urban spaces by not only providing essential infrastructure but also acting as a gateway to community spaces for travellers and residents alike. By maximising utilisation of existing private parking garages through shared parking strategies, we can increase efficiency and generate revenue by having fewer spaces serve the same number of vehicles.

Currently, parking spaces are underused or unavailable to potential customers, which creates the perception of parking scarcity. Sharing private parking garages through shared parking solutions helps connect those in need with businesses that have the space. By consolidating parking garages we can free up land for other uses- community spaces, parks, commercial centers, and more. Our cities, roads, and planet would be better for it.

Read more articles about parking

HOW DOES PARKING SHAPE CITY PLANNING?
URBAN MOBILITY DEVELOPMENTS: PAST AND FUTURE
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE END-USER PERSPECTIVE IN LESSENING ON-STREET PARKING

 

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