WEST PALM BEACH PARKING ENFORCEMENT, POLICE OFFICE RECEIVE SPECIAL SEGWAY TRAINING, CERTIFICATION
The officers serve as a welcoming authority to provide direction on the City’s available parking and best practices, and they provide an added layer of surveillance on the main streets including Clematis Street
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 9, 2018) – On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 on the roof top of the Clematis Street Garage, Gerald White, a trainer for Segway Inc. (Segway), the world’s leading provider of electric personal transportation, visited from California to train City of West Palm Beach parking enforcement and police officers on Segway. With more than 30 years of experience with the Newport Beach Police Department in California, where he was responsible for the rider training of motorcycle and bicycle officers, he retired, and then joined Segway in 2014. Mr. White trained the officers on best practices. They also went through class room workshops and also cone drills on the roof top. As part of the City’s overall goals to improve parking safety, security, availability and to improve users’ overall experience, the City executed this training to ensure all officers are Segway are traveling safely and efficiently. The training also included a special certification, so that officers can train other officers who join the City in the future.
Parking enforcement officers are already traveling by Segway and foot to engage and educate, in addition to enforcing parking rules. Along with conducting enforcement, the officers serve as a welcoming authority to provide direction on the City’s available parking and best practices, and they provide an added layer of surveillance on the main streets including Clematis Street. This training is one of many ways the City of West Palm Beach is paving the way for parking improvements. The parking department is rolling out enhancements to safety, security and availability to improve users’ overall experience. The announcement comes on the heels of several studies of city parking, mobility, and bikeability and, also, and the hiring of a new Parking Systems Administrator last year, Ed Davis.
In keeping with Mayor Muoio’s vision of a city built and designed with quality of life at the forefront, Parking Administration recently announced improvements that include or will soon include:
The City of West Palm Beach Parking Administration Department manages the entire parking operations throughout the City, including on-street, lot parking and garage parking. The City-owned parking spots that are open to the public are concentrated downtown and include more than 2,500 parking spaces in five garages, 1,600 metered on-street spaces, and 200 surface lot spaces. The City’s garages are Banyan, on the corner of Banyan and Olive; City Center, on the corner of Banyan and Dixie; Evernia, on the corner of Evernia and Olive; Sapodilla, on the corner of Clematis Street and Sapodilla; and Clematis, on the corner of Banyan and Clematis.
For more information on the ongoing parking improvements, visit wpb.org/parking, or call (561) 822-1500.
- · Upgraded LED lighting in City owned garages;
· Increased security patrols;
· New wayfinding signs;
· A mobile app to find available spots;
· The availability of on-demand, security personnel to escort individuals on the street and within the garage;
· New ticket machines for expedited service.