It's tough, trying to ride a bike in the Fedex lanes of our city. It's tough being a driver too, when people park illegally and block a lane. I have often instagrammed offenders because it makes me feel better, but Fedex isn't following my account. Now, thanks to a new app called Towit, I might have better luck. Developer Michael McArthur told the Toronto Star:
It was just kind of a hare-brained thought that we decided to roll with it, and the more we did, the bigger it seems to get. I read an article that my old boss posted on Facebook, with him commenting something along the lines of ‘Every time I see one of those paper shredders parked on a busy street I wonder why it is not being towed,’ and the idea just hit me.
These kinds of apps can be problematic; somebody has to be watching who has the authority to do anything. Tow truck operators might, but they still need a cop to ticket the car first before they can tow (at least where I live). And while some drivers might think it is another weapon in "the war on the car", McArthur tells the Star that illegal parking affects everyone.
This is not an anti-car movement by any means. I know it may seem that way to the public, I’m a downtown cyclist and I really don’t care what they think. We are trying to solve a problem that impacts tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands people in our city, every day.
The app was developed in Toronto, hence the bulk of the postings are there, but it seems to be catching on in Nashville and Philadelphia. Get your android or OS version at Towit.
Found on Biking Toronto.