Visitors can virtually buy day passes or even an annual pass from their home computer before they hit the road by visiting the paybyphone.com website or they can use a free app on their smart phone and do it at the site. The service allows two vehicles to be registered to an account, allowing families more flexibility in what vehicle they take on any given day.
“It’s simple, easy and safe (secure),” say Giles, noting that this application is being used internationally by big cities to help efficiently manage parking, tolls and entry fees. Giles is excited to see public uptake and reaction; although she is quick to see the humour in how this high-tech solution come to the aid of a low-tech outdoor experience.
The PayByPhone service will be available at all user pay conservation areas, which include Baxter, Foley Mountain, Rideau Ferry, W.A. Taylor and Perth Wildlife Reserve. Visitors can sign up for a free account at www.paybyphone.com. Once registered, customers can simply use the mobile app, the internet, or a mobile phone to pay for parking.
RVCA will be launching this payment option for the summer opening of its conservation areas on the May long weekend. RVCA will continue with traditional payment options at some locations, but hopes to make the switch to full PayByPhone use in the next 16 months.