Today is the Queens birthday! To make this even more special: it's her last birthday as a queen; she announced earlier this week that she would abdicate on April 30th. Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, turned 75 today. Let's celebrate with some parking facts!
Did you know that…
In the UK are approximately 60,500 people working in the parking industry (source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk)
- 18,000 of these people work on-street
- 24,500 work off-street
- 10,000 people work in offices
- 3,000 have a manager’s position
90% of UK parking professionals are male and 82% is white (source: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk)
In 2007 there were 136,000,000 passenger cars in the US, which are parked around 96% of the time (Donald Shoup, “The high cost of free parking”)
The parking garage at Disneyland (Anaheim, California) is the largest parking garage in the US. It counts 10,000 parking spaces (Source: IPI)
Carl Magee designed the first working parking meter back in 1935 in Oklahoma City (Read more about the first parking meter)
Male customers leave better tips for valets than female customers do, but female valets receive more tips than male valets (source: parkinc.com)
There’s an episode of the series Seinfeld called “The Parking Garage” that entirely takes place in a parking garage. For the whole episode, the main characters never leave the garage because they forgot where they parked
Ronny Wechselberger, a German stunt pilot, recently earned his place in the Guinness Book of World Records for his reverse parallel parking skills
(Watch the video!)
And I'll leave you with a nice video about parking. Enjoy!