The Global Parking Problem (Gimle Parking CEO's Experience)

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«My name is Sergey Kravetskiy, I am the founder, director and ideological inspirer of Gimle Parking. And this text is a brief story of the birth of a big idea, which was born after six months of traveling by car around the world and volunteering.»
Sergey Kravetskiy
CEO Gimle Parking
In the spring of 2022, I left my position as CEO of an asset management company, Wotan, which my partners and I created and sold to Treeum & Dragon Capital, I had more time for travel and family.

Having traveled 30,000 miles as a volunteer, I encountered the same problem in every country - a parking problem.

I spent a lot of time every day looking for a free spot, making several laps near a charity, foundation, office, store, or hotel. Not only that, to find a free parking space was not as difficult as to pay for it or keep it free (even if I paid for it).

For example, in Bulgaria you pay via SMS, but with a Ukrainian SIM-card, it was impossible to do.

And the parking lot we rented outside our house in Croatia was just occupied by another car. No locks or restraints to protect the parking space. Only a trash can, which the owner of the house offered to put, so that no one would take a place while we were away.

Looking for free parking in Kiev, or sitting in the Viber chats of my apartment complex, I certainly used to, but to put the trash can in a free space - this is too much).

At this point I thought about the immense possibilities of this market. I decided to search for information and that's what I found.

Parking problem

Parking problem
  • going to cars, we lay down extra time to find parking. It takes an average of 20 minutes a day to find a free parking space near your home, office, restaurant, gym, or business center.
  • The actual parking space is enclosed by a barrier on the lock, which must be opened / closed daily, get out of the car, regardless of weather conditions.
  • having our own parking space, we use it only part of the day, and all the free time it is blocked, with no possibility of parking other cars.
  • To find a free space by the curb in a busy part of town, sometimes we have to go around several blocks before we find a parking space.

Interesting fact: 26% of people got into a verbal argument or fight over a parking space, and 97% believe there is a link between parking-related congestion and hazardous emissions.

The scale of the problem in numbers

The scale of the problem in numbers
20 minutes a day
a car driver spends at least 120 hours per year or 600 hours in 5 years (personal and work time) to find a parking space
1.5 hours per day
A truck driver spends 264 hours per year or 1,320 hours over 5 years (working time) to find a parking space
42 hours
average number of hours a person spends in traffic each year
50 meters
average distance from parked car to destination (almost half a soccer field)
160 billion dollars
costs Europeans the problem with parking every year
74 percent of car traffic
traffic caused by drivers looking for available parking space;
95 percent
that much time a car is idle because the driver doesn't want to waste time looking for parking
25 percent
A portion of the population engaged in a verbal argument or fight with another driver over a parking space
100 percent of people
believe that there is a connection between parking-related traffic congestion and hazardous emissions


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