If you are unfamiliar with a city then navigating your way around one-way systems, bus-lanes and traffic-congestion can be a challenge, and that’s before trying to find safe parking near your destination. Glasgow has many measures in place to help drivers find their way around, and Open data can contribute to this and further improve the experience for drivers in the city.

Glasgow’s Open Data portal currently hosts 75 datasets related to transportation, and 26 around active travel. One of these datasets is the City Parking (Glasgow) LLP managed car parks, which can help with the decision-making process of choosing which car park would best suit individual journeys.

Interactive map showing City Parking (LLP) managed carparks

Using the Map to Make an Informed Decision

The above map is created from Open Data, and by hovering over the icons you can find out information that can help with making informed decisions about where is best to park.

For example the map can be used to help with:

  • Travelling with children – Finding car parks with parent and child parking, and that have public toilets.
  • If you have a disability – Finding car parks that have disabled bays and public lifts.
  • Travelling in a larger vehicle –  You can find out about car park height restrictions.
  • If you are a motorcyclist – Finding carparks with motorcycle bays.
  • If you have an electric vehicle –  You can find what car parks have charge points.

The price, capacity and opening hours of all the car parks is also shown to help with your decision.

Further analyses can be carried out to provide richer information based on the requirements of the driver. This can be done by overlapping multiple datasets from the city such as:

  • Parking space availability
  • Traffic flow data
  • Glasgow road network

This is just one example of how opening up city data can help individuals solve real life challenges. An other potential use of the Open Data is for the development of mobile apps that are targeted to help citizens.  There is an avenue here for collaboration, where users can feedback data on car-parking in their area to create a more complete picture of parking in Glasgow.

Find your way around Glasgow with Open Data!

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