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It’s Never to Early to Start Planning for Bay to Breakers 2015!

If you’ve never experienced this off-the-wall San Francisco tradition, now is a good time to start

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On May 17, Bay to Breakers hits the streets of San Francisco. The event is a race, a parade, and a block party all rolled into one. In recent years, the event has undergone a lot of changes, as successive generations of organizers have sought to tame some of the rowdier traditions attached to the race. Nevertheless, the good times keep rolling, and San Franciscans and visitors from around the world keep congregating across town in mid-May to have a great time.

Have a look at our past articles about Bay to Breakers here, and check out more information about the race here.

And be sure you’re prepared to find your way to the race. Many transit options are available, including parking reservations. Click here to view the official Bay to Breakers transit page.

Get Ready to Rock San Francisco! The Transamerica Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon is this Weekend, and We Have Four Tips For Getting to the Start Line

For the second year in a row, GottaPark is providing parking reservations for runners and spectators of the San Francisco Rock n Roll Half Marathon…

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Below are some quick tips to help you navigate the city on race day, Sunday 3/29/15. For additional information, consult the official RnR Half Marathon Transportation Guide (pdf).

1) Arrive Early:

Thousands of people are expected to run the race, and many more are expected to come out to watch. Racers are encouraged to park near shuttle stops at Civic Center and Fisherman’s Wharf, and ride these shuttles to the start line at Ocean Beach. There is also a spectator shuttle from Civic Center to the start line. Click here for detailed info.

Please keep in mind that everyone is arriving at the same time! Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to park, walk to the shuttle, and take the shuttle to the start line with several thousand of your closest friends.

2) Reserve Parking:

A parking reservation is strongly encouraged to help you find a place to put your car. GottaPark has several reasonably priced parking options close to the start line. Be sure to arrive early even if you have a parking reservation. Click here to view our parking options.

3) Keep an Eye Out for Road Closures:

Most roads will not be closed until 5:30 AM on race day,  and by that time runners should be on their way to the start line on shuttles. Still, watch out for street closures around Civic Center and on Great Highway as early as Saturday morning through Saturday night. If you’re a late comer, or are dropping someone off at the start line, plan your route carefully to avoid getting stuck in traffic! View a complete list of road closures here (pdf).

4) Check Out This Event Map:

The RnR website has a handy race map available on their website, which should help you to avoid the more congested areas around the route. Click here to view (pdf).

5) Have Fun!

You’ve worked hard getting ready for this race, so don’t stress too much about the logistics of getting there. Be sure to enjoy yourself and have a successful and healthy run!

 

Three Reasons to See the Giants at AT&T Park This Year

That is, if you needed any more reasons than 2010, 2012, and 2014:

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But, if you are worried about SF’s prospects in 2015 (it is an odd-numbered year after all) then see below:

1) Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and a bunch more of your favorite players are back in 2015

Although fan favorite Pablo Sandoval will be in a Red Sox uniform this year, the majority of 2014’s championship team is back to try for the title again in 2015. Madison Bumgarner will hope to carry his amazing postseason success into the 2015 season. Buster Posey, recently named the face of MLB, will look to repeat his performance in 2014 when he hit .311 and slugged 22 homers. Hunter Pence, though he will miss the first month or so of the season with a fractured arm, will be back up to his outfield antics in no time. Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Sergio Romo: yes, with few exceptions, all the usual suspects will be entertaining fans in McCovey Cove this summer.

2) AT&T Park is still beautiful

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Nope, that hasn’t changed. But, in 2015, you will get to see some nice “2014 World Series Champions” banners in the park. That’ll be nice.

3) This ESPN reporter says the Dodgers are the favorite to win the NL West

Will the Giants prove him wrong? Wouldn’t it be nice to see them do so in person?

And here’s a fourth reason: it’s easy to find parking for Giants games with GottaPark. Click here for AT&T Park parking, starting at just $16 per game.

Seven Must-See San Francisco Holiday Shows to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

The holiday season has begun! The best way to get into the spirit is by visiting one of the many San Francisco holiday shows to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the must-see performances this December

San Francisco Holiday Shows
San Francisco is a beautiful place this time of year. When you’re not shopping at Union Square, check out a holiday performance in one of the city’s landmark performing arts venues.
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The Nutcracker
San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House

December 12 – 29
Tickets: $32 – $310
Best Parking Option: 601 Van Ness Avenue Garage, $23

From the SF Ballet website:

On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

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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

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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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Giants-Dodgers Rivalry Heating up in 2014

The Giants and Dodgers will meet at AT&T Park this weekend in the midst of a neck-and-neck race for first place in the NL West. Here’s a look at their seasons so far:

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Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter was an exciting moment for Giants fans in 2014.
Photo courtesy of Nathanael Hevelone.

The Giants started 2014 on a tear, racking up wins behind hot bats and solid pitching. They struggled through the month of June, however, and dropped 19 out of 26 games starting June 9th. The biggest culprit was power hitting. The Giants averaged more than one homerun per game before their slump, but hit only 17 in the 32 games leading up to the all star break. Giants fans, however, can be cautiously optimistic after an offensively solid series in Miami to start the second half.

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Three Fun Facts About the San Francisco Marathon

GottaPark is the official reservations provider for SF Marathon parking. The race is only a week and a half away! Here are some interesting facts about the marathon to get you excited.

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A rare chance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge roadway is one of the more exciting parts of the SF Marathon for participants. This photo depicts a segment of the recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which also crosses the bridge.
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The 2014 San Francisco Giants: A Midseason Analysis

SF Giants parking is one of the most popular items on our site. Here’s an analysis of how things are going in McCovey Cove as we head into the 2014 All Star break.

The Giants started this year with a bang. For several weeks in May, they were practically unbeatable, and held baseball’s best winning percentage for a while. They are maintaining strong position for contention, and thanks to their stellar April and May, still hold the fourth best record in the National League as of July 9th.

But the first half of the season hasn’t been without trouble for San Francisco. Since the 9th of June, the Giants went 7-19, allowing their rival the Dodgers to capture first place for the first time since the first week of the season.

Some ye-of-little-faith types are already throwing in the towel, certain that this June swoon augers doom for SF’s ball club. My how short our memories are of the 2012 playoff season?

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