Category Archives: Parking

Least Surprising Thing Ever Award Goes to SFMTA Survey: SF Residents Mixed on Opinions of Muni, but Love to Hate Taxis

San Franciscans can’t agree on anything. A recent SFMTA poll is a good example of this phenomenon, with one major exception.

taxis in San FranciscoIf you’ve been to San Francisco, you know that everyone has a strong opinion on just about everything. But some of the strongest opinions San Franciscans hold are related to transit. Perhaps it’s the city’s famous hills, or maybe it’s the fact that large parts of town are seriously underserved by public transit—whatever the reason, San Franciscans spend a lot of time thinking—and arguing—about the best way to get from A to B.

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Don’t Be These Guys: Mother and Son Guilty of Felony in SF Handicapped Parking Case

In a bizarre case, the DMV put handicapped parking violators on notice–and dished out some sweet, sweet justice

San Francisco Handicapped Parking
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Last week, a San Francisco mother and her grown son plead guilty to felony forgery after they were caught fraudulently using handicapped parking placards. According to CBS San Francisco, the pair will serve 1,000 hours of community service helping the disabled, pay a $4,100 fine, and serve 3 years probation.

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The Monkey Parking Business and Parking Monkey Business: Let’s Weigh in on the Street Parking Debate

A lot is being said about several apps that allow people to list public parking spaces. What’s going on?

Monkey Parking
“Hey, give me $5 and I’ll move my chair”

“Isn’t holding that space illegal?”

“No, I’m only giving you information!”

Photo courtesy of Derek Bridges

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Five Interesting Facts About SF Pride!

SF Pride is this weekend! Every year, San Francisco hosts the largest and most iconic pride event in the country. Here are a few interesting tidbits to get you excited for the celebration.

SF Pride

The SF Pride website describes it as “the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.”

And they are probably right. Last year, an estimated 1.5 million people attended the celebration. To put that in perspective, about a million people gathered in downtown SF for the Giants victory parade in 2012. One might ask: who is really the most popular team in town?

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Should Disabled Parking in San Francisco Cost Money?

SFMTA considering controversial new rules for drivers with disabled placards

Disabled Parking in San Francisco
Image courtesy of Neil Conway

SFGate reported this weekend that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is looking at the possibility of charging drivers with disabled placards for parking. Currently, disabled parking in San Francisco is free on city streets and in city garages.

Sounds atrocious right? Not so, says disabled advocate Bob Planthold. “I’ve changed my mind…all of us, advocates and disabled, changed our minds,” he told SF Gate after reading a study conducted by the SFMTA.

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72,000 Boston Parking Tickets Thrown Out Last Year, more than 5% of tickets!

According to a report by the Boston Herald, more than 5% of Boston parking tickets issued last year were dismissed upon appeal

Boston Parking tickets
Image courtesy of Tim Pierce.

Parking tickets are always a challenge when driving in a major city. As we wrote recently regarding San Francisco and New York, parking tickets are as big a source of revenue for cities as they are a source of headaches for drivers. Continue reading

San Francisco Parking Ticket Numbers Will Make You Think Twice About Street Parking

Every year, the SFMTA comes out with a list of statistics on parking tickets. First reported on by David LaBua at 7×7 SF, this year’s report is bad news for drivers in the city who prefer street parking.

San Francisco parking ticket
Expired meters were only the second-most-common violation of 2012-2013. The most common? Street sweeping violations.
Photo courtesy of torbakhopper.

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Three Interesting Facts About the 49ers-Seahawks Rivalry

GottaPark has guaranteed, reserved parking near CenturyLink Field for this weekend’s NFC Championship. In anticipation of the big game, we’re breaking down three interesting facts about the budding Seahawks-49ers rivalry.

CenturyLink Field Parking
The Seahawks home stadium is known for the intensity of the Seattle fans. Reserve guaranteed parking near CenturyLink Field to be a part of the action.
Photo courtesy of USEP

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