VOTE: End Free Parking to Protect the Climate
1. Vote at the Google Solve For X competition (about 1 minute)
Visit the Solve For X parking proposal web page:
For the most voting impact:
1A. Login with a Google account (If you have a Gmail account, Google will guide you into activating Google+ social networking)
1B. "Evaluate This Moonshot" on three criteria: 1) Does the problem impact millions of people? 2) Would this proposal solve the problem? 3) Is this groundbreaking technology or science? (answers hint: yes, yes, yes).
For slightly less voting impact:
Click the Facebook Like, Google+1, and/or Tweet buttons.
2. Now, get friends and family to vote too! Only your social network can save the planet!
More information about the proposal:
TITLE: Cut commuting GHG and traffic by 23%
PROBLEM: Of the 102M US commuters, 91% are provided with free parking. Google has cut solo driving to 52%, but almost all other free-parked companies are stuck at 77%. To meet 2035 Kyoto targets, we must eliminate free parking to reduce driving demand.
SOLUTION: Parking charges + incentives: cut commuting 23%. Solo drivers pay $2/day. Transit/carpool users receive $4/day. Solo commutes cut from 77% to 54%. Phased in gradually. Result: 23M new green commuters, 50M fewer tons CO2/year, $25B/year new funding for green transportation alternatives, $1.5T in parking space real-estate redevelopment. Proposal received supporting letters from SVLG, Sierra Club, MTC, VTA, SamTrans, and Transform.
TECHNOLOGY: 1) Calendar plug-in reports commute mode (bus, carpool, bike, ..), autofilled via technology like Google Now/Latitude. Calendar data is rolled into payroll processing. 2) The smartphone mobility ecosystem: Zipcar, Lyft/Zimride, Avego, SideCar, iBART, GoogleMaps Transit Directions, self-driving robotaxi services, etc. Low-cost, revenue-neutral implementation for employers.