Denver, a large city in Colorado, has started utilizing ‘angels’ across their city, but these angels are anonymous and don’t wear wings. They arm themselves with rewards to any driver who parks their vehicle correctly.
If a parking angel, as they are known, finds a driver that parks appropriately to not block the lanes, they give them a gift card worth $5, which can be used for any of the city’s parking meters. The TV station reported that city officials claim it is essential for drivers to pay close attention to signs and use courteous behavior because the Denver population is ever-growing.
Denver is one of the largest bike-lane infrastructure options in the nation because they highly promote carbon footprint reduction. Many bicycle-friendly areas don’t have adequate protection, which means drivers can block the cycling traffic when parallel parking. Many times, this is done inadvertently, but many vehicle drivers do park incorrectly intentionally.
Many cities throughout the United States have focused on incorporating other transportation modes to reduce emissions and fight traffic congestion. In 2022, Colorado plans to adopt the California emissions standards. If all goes well, they are going to be the 13th state to do so.
The report also claimed that the program is only likely to run until the end of the year for the gift cards. However, it is highly likely to resurface, especially as it gets more popular. City officials believe that the drivers enjoy positive reinforcement. Plus, people like to be rewarded and not get a parking ticket.