Dear fellow smarties,

We all appreciate how nimble and easy to park our smarts are, but I have yet to hear (let alone see) of any initiatives or special parking spaces specifically provided for smart people in the US.

I am curious to know whether any of you have started such efforts or know someone who has and what advice my stem from that?

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Comment by toes on June 23, 2009 at 7:49pm
Adam, yes you are relevant! Do you know anyone who offers the same deal in Denver, Colorado? Thanks, t.
Comment by Adam Smart on June 23, 2009 at 6:25pm
I realize that this is an older thread but we are completely relevant. We are SmartPark JFK and our "special" price for "Smart" cars is $7 daily. That's HALF of our regular airport parking rate. It just make PLANE sense.

SmartPark JFK - parking space for "smart" owners
Comment by SP Klein on August 23, 2008 at 7:41pm
The parking garage at City Place in West Palm Beach has parking spaces marked 'SMALL CARS ONLY' and they are big enough that I saw two SmartCars parked in one space the other day, one behind the other!
Comment by Steve Schwarzbek on August 23, 2008 at 3:33pm
We have a mall nearby where 50% of the spots are labeled "compact" to meet local zoning. Since almost all of the cars are luxury or SUVs, about every other space is de facto "smart compliant."
A local lfast food place has an illegal place also - too short for anything but a smart, although a VW bug almost fits
Comment by toes on August 23, 2008 at 3:30pm
MJG1231 ... I haven't had very good luck with "compact" stalls in our town. It seems that most SUV drivers think they qualify :-). as far as the sizes of marked stalls in general go: Unfortunately those are planning/zoning code requirements and it takes political will and some cojones to reduce those. The only city in Colorado that I know of limits their stall sizes is the "Peoples Republic of Boulder". Everywhere else it is always a huge item of contention (no matter how ridiculous) with new developments to have "enough" parking and most planners and politicians are too scared to get into trouble with part of their electorate. My hope is to find those "unusable" stalls and get them designated to be "smart" (or micro car) stalls. That way it would be a win-win for everyone and could even further boost smart sales and be at the forefront of a "smaller is better" movement similar to how we got into this upward spiral of bigger and bigger SUVs and Trucks clogging and polluting our (physical and environmental) environment.
Comment by MJG1231 on August 23, 2008 at 1:45pm
Great idea but I think the most one can hope for are more spaces marked 'compact' so that when the full-size SUV's park there we can still use the next space without getting scraped or bumped when they pull out. I'd also like to see cities repaint their streets so that the "T" lines are closer together. Even the longest sedans have 5 feet between bumpers...ridiculous. The incentive may be for cities to install meters closer together (on parallel parking streets) for more revenue.
Comment by toes on August 23, 2008 at 11:56am
Good points Brent. I have parked in tight spots and I have also shuffled around in very large parking spaces (as for example at the airport) trying to figure out how to get the smart to just sit right :-). Now I just need to find a parking garage downtown that would assign special spots at a lower cost (it costs anywhere between 100 to 200 Dollars a month to park downtown Denver). I have been keeping my eye out to see whether there are some "unusable spots" that might only fit a smart. I figure they would like the extra revenue, but I am not sure how they could limit garage access on the keycard to just a micro car.

I know that certain parking garages or lots do have limited hybrid or electric car assigned stalls, which is also part of the LEED green building program.
Comment by Brent School on August 23, 2008 at 8:34am
I agree with the theory, there are plenty of little unused areas here in the capital of Michigan. So far (I have only had mine four days) I have found a couple of spots right in front of the door of the business I was going to, that were to odd and small for most cars but were real spots, and no one wants them because of the closeness of the curbs. I can use them and because I can maneuver so well, I have no problem with them. I would love to see some reduced price or special areas for micro cars only. It was strange to pull in somewhere behind a hummer and then be able to find a front door spot while they had to cruise the whole parking lot looking for something big enough. Maybe they need special areas too

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