Carter Strickling and Tyler Cagle have been friends for as long as they can remember. The two attended kindergarten at Bear Canyon Elementary and graduated from Mountain Vista High School. They went …
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Carter Strickling and Tyler Cagle have been friends for as long as they can remember. The two attended kindergarten at Bear Canyon Elementary and graduated from Mountain Vista High School.
They went to different colleges — Strickling graduated from San Diego State University, Cagle graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder — but reunited last year through a business proposal.
“It's kind of crazy for us to go full circle,” Cagle, 22, said. “We've been talking about this for so long.”
Strickling and Cagle, along with partner Reese Barracks, designed an app to make public parking easier. Drivewayz allows individuals to rent out their private parking spaces during high-density traffic periods, so drivers can avoid the burden, and cost, of finding parking on the street or in an overpriced event lot.
“Searching for parking is frustrating, time-consuming and expensive,” said Barracks, the Drivewayz CEO. “So many of us walk past empty driveways on our way to special events, classes, or restaurants, after searching for parking that is a substantial distance from our destinations.”
Drivewayz, its creators say, gives consumers a new parking option while providing homeowners with a new revenue source.
“This solution serves the entire community,” Barracks, 21, said.
Barracks, who grew up in Longmont, came up with the idea when he was working as a valet for Hotel Boulderado. The number of nearby open parking spaces baffled him. A mutual friend put him in touch with Cagle, who handled the technical side of things and coded the app. Then Strickling came on board as the director of operations.
They tested the app in Boulder during CU football games, when street parking is limited and event lots can cost up to $40 for four hours. Through the app, drivers were able to locate an available driveway on a map for $20 to $30 dollars.
“Overall, the consensus is that people love the idea, and it's a problem that everyone has and everyone can get behind,” Strickling, 22, said.
Based in San Diego, the team spends up to 12 hours a day in their home office, perfecting their creation and looking at next steps, which include funding, hiring a development team and expanding into busy cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Currently, Apple IOS users nationwide have access to Drivewayz free of cost via the App Store. The three-man team is working to make it available to Android users.
In their free time, which is limited, Strickling and Cagle explore their new territory and hit the beach.
While they are excited for the future, they will never forget their roots in Colorado.
“Highlands Ranch,” Strickling said, “was a great place to grow up.”
How it works
Joining Drivewayz is free. Consumers are able to pinpoint a specific location on a map and find the closest parking space, ahead of leaving their current location. Consumers are notified if their parking space is about to expire and can add time from the app.
Parking space owners can adjust the cost and availability, based on their day-to-day schedule. Rental fees are deposited immediately into a host's Drivewayz account, minus a percentage of each rental fee that's paid to Drivewayz for the service.
For more information, visit Drivewayz.io.
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