A newly released website aims to help Berkeley residents avoid parking tickets for regularly scheduled street cleanings.
Berkeley Street Cleaning — the two-week-old site founded by Dan Moja and Peter Malkin — allows users to enter their street address into a map feature to check for upcoming street-cleaning dates.
Along with Berkeley, Moja and Malkin developed similar sites for other cities such as Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego — all of which are featured and accessible online and on mobile apps for Android phones and the iPhone.
Moja, who lives in Chicago, was inspired to create the site after receiving three parking tickets in the course of three weeks.
“In Chicago, there’s no way to have a sense of when it’s going to happen,” Moja said. “You find out the day of, pretty much, and if I were better informed, I could’ve avoided every single one of these (tickets).”
Since Moja worked in finance with no personal knowledge of Web development, he found someone who has already developed the idea — co-founder Peter Malkin, who created the site for San Francisco.
Together, Malkin and Moja expanded their site to major metropolitan areas across the United States.
The Berkeley site is the first in an expansion of the Street Cleaning sites throughout the Bay Area. Around 10,000 people currently use the San Francisco site each month, with another 5,000 users in Chicago, Moja said.
“The other markets are still expanding,” Moja said. “It’s really relatively new.”
Jaehak Yu is the lead city government reporter. Contact him at [email protected]
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