I was pretty hard on Pay and Display designers a couple of weeks ago. “Hard to work, not intuitive, local merchants have to ‘splain to their customers how to run the machines.” Now I have something positive to say about some on street equipment.
The city of San Rafael has instituted a policy of “escrow payments” for its parking meters. This means that if you park at say 7:30 AM, and the payment requirement starts at 8 AM, you can put your quarters in the meter at 7:30, but it won’t start deducting time until 8. Pretty fancy, huh.
Local parking chief Mark Miller tells me that the escrow or prepay feature is being embraced by the community. He says “I’ve been surprised at the level of interest in our community.”
Hat’s off to Mark, and to POM, the manufacturer of the mechanisms that provide the feature. Well done.