Moshow raps, PBOT dances to ‘Parking Kitty’

'Parking Kitty' video designed to encourage new users of the app

Moshow the Cat Rapper made a "Parking Kitty" video for PBOT, September 12, 2017 (Courtesy)
Moshow the Cat Rapper made a "Parking Kitty" video for PBOT, September 12, 2017 (Courtesy)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — What do you get when cross a Portland artist who raps about cats with enforcement officers from the Portland Bureau of Transportation? A video to encourage people to use a new app.

Parking Kitty FAQs

When the Parking Kitty app debuted earlier this year, Portland city officials hoped it would help people with parking issues. Despite the city’s claim drivers use of the app “has exceeded expectations” — 6% of all parking transactions are now done on the app — PBOT wanted to get the word out to those who haven’t used it yet.

Moshow the Cat Rapper made a "Parking Kitty" video for PBOT, September 12, 2017 (Screen grab from video)
Moshow the Cat Rapper made a “Parking Kitty” video for PBOT, September 12, 2017 (Screen grab from video)

That’s where Moshow the Cat Rapper came in.

A new video called “Parking Kitty” was released Tuesday featuring Moshow, a cat and backup dancers whose day job is being a PBOT enforcement officer.

PBOT employees were backup dancers in a Moshow the Cat Rapper video for the "Parking Kitty" app, September 12, 2017 (Screen grab from video)
PBOT employees were backup dancers in a Moshow the Cat Rapper video for the “Parking Kitty” app, September 12, 2017 (Screen grab from video)

“We’re hoping this will encourage people to use the Parking Kitty app or mobile web site, but also think of this as an opportunity to present our enforcement officers as real people,” PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera told KOIN 6 News in an email. “They get a lot of abuse from people who are mad about parking tickets, but when they wear the Parking Kitty T Shirt, people treat them nicer. And in general, people these days want government agencies to be more approachable and human.”

The Parking Kitty app can be used throughout Portland’s parking districts, plus Washington Park. PSU students will be able to use the app once school begins.

By the way, one of the backup dancers is PBOT Director Leah Treat.