Disabled parking rule change recommended

John Wildermuth : sfgate.com – excerpt

Disabled drivers could be forced to feed San Francisco parking meters, a move city officials say is for their own good…
A 15-member committee, with nearly half representing the disabled community, told the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency that tightening the current parking rules, as well as expanding and metering San Francisco’s blue disabled parking zones, would make it easier for people with physical restrictions to find the parking spaces they need… (more)

Why are we not surprised. Will someone please inform the SFMTA that we are not buying their parking congestion theories? Since they have been acting on them parking has gotten worse, not better. We don’t need or want their help parking.


When is SFMTA going to pull all the free parking placards for MTA vehicles? Last weekend I spotted more MTA placard permits than disabled ones parking around Jackson Square.

Parking Ticket Victory!

By David LaBua : 7×7 – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,
Five months and three days after following your advice, which was to immediately request an in-person hearing with an SFMTA parking administrative judge and use the 72-hour law as my defense, I am declaring victory on this fine San Francisco morning.
I just received a letter stating, “After review of the testimony, the parking control officer’s photos, the citation, permit records, Google Maps, and a call to the complainant, the preponderance of the evidence supports the conclusion that although the location had a valid special event no parking permit, it was not properly posted 72 hours in advance as required, and your vehicle was parked outside the restricted area. The citation is dismissed and grounds for a refund.”
I think the fifteen minutes it took to attend a hearing was well worth it. Your advice to schedule the first hearing of the day and to use the 72-hour rule as my defense worked like a charm.
Thanks again for your support and insight.  

Positive Cash Flow

Dear Positive,
Everybody who comes in to see them every hour of every day of their workday is angry. And about half of them leave even angrier.
However, the other fifty percent, like you, who know the obscure parking laws like the 72-hour rule, the 100-foot rule, and the 3% rule, and use them in their defense, will find that the judges know the rules extremely well and are fair.  When the judge clearly sees that a car was ticketed or towed erroneously, they will own it and do the right thing.

Unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of result. If your tickets were not resolved to your satisfaction, log your complaints here on

SF Planning Commission Approves New Bike Parking Plan

KCBS – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Bicyclists in San Francisco may soon find it a lot easier to find a parking space for their two-wheelers.
The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday approved a plan to increase bicycle parking in both residential and commercial areas of the City. The next stop for the bike parking plan: the full Board of Supervisors… (more)

They left out the request for showers and lockers in the work places where the cyclists to change and freshen up after cycling to work. Do regular folks get to use the facilities or will this perk be reserved by cyclists only?


Planning Commission Approves Higher Bike Parking Requirements
New buildings in San Francisco will be required to provide more secure bike parking under legislation approved by the Planning Commission yesterday. The ordinance is expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors next month…
the ordinance will overhaul bike parking requirements for new residential and commercial buildings citywide,…
The Planning Commission voted to remove the “active use” provision, so providing bike parking within 25 feet of the front of a building will still require a permit. The alternative is to place the bike parking closer to the rear of a building or on a different floor.
The strongest opponent of re-defining bike parking as an active use was Commissioner Katherine Moore. While she fully supported the rest of the ordinance, she said that a parked bicycle “is an inanimate object, not an active use.”… (more)