• This app only grows if more locations are added by users, it’s called “Crowd-Sourcing” so if you find there are no parking spaces shown in your local town for example, click on the link in Settings and go to the web site & please add them.
This app uses a database of parking locations by kind permission of Dan Gibson at “BlueBadgeParking.com”. After the initial launch of app, if you don’t have cellular connection it uses the last version saved. When launched, app looks for nearest available spaces to your current location based on the Search Radius selected in ‘Settings’ (default 3 miles / 4.5kms).
The circular ‘Zoom’ button toggles between 3 views, Zoom just the nearby locations or your location & all the nearby locations & if a pin is selected (flag appears) then it zooms right into just that location. The location pin flag has a blue ‘i’ & if you touch that a menu appears with Navigation Options.
Searching other Towns:-
In the main ‘Map’ tab, touch the search box at the top & you can enter not only the name of a Town or City but also Post or Zip codes.
The list which is sorted so nearest to you or if you used the search box then nearest that location is at the top. Parking locations are within same Search Radius as Map. If your location has changed then ‘pull’ list down ‘to refresh’ distances & locations. If you would like to view a particular location just touch the description & the ‘Map’ tab opens with just that location shown.
Notify tab (The following features will be added soon):-
This tab lets you Add, Edit, Move, Favourite or Delete locations.
This tab lets you change the search radius, distance units, enable / disable Beep Sounds, Delete Marked, Enable Shake feature, Disable Screen Auto Lock, Enable Zoom with Satellite view and Shake in Map Tab which has 3 options. These settings are remembered when the app is closed, ready for next time.
There are 3 functions that use the ‘Shake’ facility which means when you shake your iDevice firmly, it will trigger one of these:-
1/ In Map tab:-
If there are parking location pins visible, it zooms into the nearest. You can then touch zoom button which temporally switches to Satellite view.
2/ Notify tab:-
After shaking iDevice a Menu appears with 3 options.
A/ ‘Add’, ‘Quick’ or ‘Favourite’ Location which at present work but you can’t update the database directly but you can later.
B/ “’Mark’ Location on Map” this drops a pin on the map where you are standing, so if you are stood by your vehicle it helps you find it again later. The pin flag includes road name, current Date and Time to act as a reminder if your parking time is limited. You can add as many of these as you want and ‘Discard’ them individually or if enabled in Settings, app will automatically remove them after 3 days.
There are 2 compass features in Map:-
1/ Touch & Hold the map and a compass arrow appears, rotate iDevice until arrow with the words ‘Device North’ is pointing to the top of the screen. Now any pins or Points of Interest are in the direction relative to your screen.
2/ Touch any pin & choose ‘Location Direction’ & a blue arrow appears pointing towards the pin and the Line of Sight distance is shown inside the arrow. These are constantly updated as you walk about, to dismiss arrow, just touch screen.
Show Walking Route:-
From the Map “Navigation Options” select ‘Show Walking Route’ & app calculates best walking route to the selected pin and displays the actual distance. This feature requires a network connection.
Blue Badge Parking app is Universal & ideally with cellular connection (this is not essential as the last collected data is retained) & compatible with all iPad’s with GPS, all iPhones from iPhone 4s to iPhone 11.
Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
Special gratitude to Dan Gibson of BlueBadgeParking.com for allowing access to his invaluable database of locations.
• Decreased frequency of the location database update check to every 14 days.
• Improved ‘Favourite’ location feature in the Notify Tab. Now when you have added a ‘Favourite’ location if you click on the pin there is an option to remove the ‘spaces’ information, should you wish to permanently mark a location for say a friend’s house or pub.
If you have any suggestions or need help please contact me at :- email@example.com
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
I got this app because I was finding it difficult to find out where blue badge bays were in the City of London, Westminster and Kensington Chelsea boroughs. The boroughs web sites were useless. This is the best 99p I’ve spent on an app it will save me money on fines in the long run.
Developer Response ,
I am pleased you are finding my app useful.
I would like to thank Dan Gibson for the use of his database and all the users that have contributed to ensure its continuing growth.
Improved interface and squished bugs make this app outstanding
Update: The developer asked me for advice on improving the interface and identify any bugs. This has now been addressed.
Don’t be put off by the interface. The app is very easy to use and perfect for finding disabled parking spots. I often need to find disabled parking around University College Hospital in London and so I downloaded this app to help find the spots. The spot I usually use wasn’t in the app but there is a very easy way to submit new spots, which I did. Recommended.
Developer Response ,
Hi Alastair I am pleased you find my app useful and I am always willing to improve my apps so would value your thoughts on how to make it less ugly.
I am a retired mechanical design engineer who has taught himself to program but don’t have any graphics design experience. I have tried to add little touches and blue is my favourite colour but that’s obviously not enough.
I should also say I am Visually Impaired which may have a bearing on what I create although I believe that a few of the users also have limited sight but this could be catered for within settings via a switch.
Would you be prepared to work with me to improve the app’s visual Impact?
Please email me your comments / suggestions and I will see what I can do. firstname.lastname@example.org
Find this very useful as a wheelchair user and it can only get better with the more people joining
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your review and yes, I am grateful to users that contribute to the database to ensure its continuing growth.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.