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Project Status Update - Auto Payments Temporarily Disabled

Aug
13
2013
 
Chadwick Meyer
Check-In Temporarily Disabled

Park Circa is still on auto-pilot. We aren't doing anything to promote the platform or improve the service for the time being because we don't have time. But it still works well (ignoring a couple bugs in the Android app). We released this idea into the wild to see what would happen, figuring that if interest increased, we would reinvest in the idea.

It's been interesting. We continue to get a lot of visitors to the website via organic search and links. And amazingly people still continue to sign up every day (10% of visitors, i.e. about 50-100 new accounts every month), and 10-20% of new accounts share their spaces. But these spaces are all over the place, and there isn't enough density in one neighborhood to make the app super useful for everyday parking. Our meager efforts in the past to build inventory of spaces in one neighborhood, never had enough conversions to keep up the effort.

So we continue to offer this tool for you to improve your own life. We hope you find a way to make it work.

In the meantime, we've temporarily disabled automatic Check-In payments for all parking spaces, until the owner reconfirms their commitment to sharing their parking space. We've taken this step because many space owners have forgotten they shared their space and we don't want you to check into a space and get towed. So we are going low-tech, craigslist style with the listings, providing the phone number of the space owner so you can just call and make arrangements yourself.

If a space owner wants to enable automatic Check-In payments, we can turn on a flag once they confirm their commitment to sharing their space again.

We hope too that this helps Monthly parking space sharers connect with one another as well.

Let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

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