Mayor’s “State of the City” Offers Tepid Support for Vision Zero

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

The mayor’s “State of the City” speech last Friday was a major opportunity for Ed Lee to call for the changes needed to sharply reduce traffic deaths in San Francisco. Lee did endorse the Vision Zero goal, though it wasn’t exactly a full-throated call to action. He also re-affirmed his desire to repeal metered parking on Sundays, ignoring the benefits reported by the SFMTA… (more)

This is the SF Bicycle Coalition slant on everything these days. No matter what anyone does it is never enough for them. People are getting tired of it. Hopefully some fresh attitudes will come out during the next election that will take a truly balanced approach to transportation and we can return to a more civilized way of life.

Does anyone remember when we use to live and let live?

There’s an app for that: Fed-up motorist helps others fight parking tickets, for a fee

By Martha Neil : abajournal – excerpt

A San Francisco motorist who got so many parking tickets that he became something of an expert at fighting them has created an application to help others do so, for a 25 percent fee if there is a dismissal.

David Hegarty’s Fixed app, launched in a trial beta version last week, has member San Francisco motorists submit a photograph of the ticket, plus the violation code. Then it suggests common defenses and prompts fellow drivers to take relevant photos that could be used in evidence. A letter is prepared, digitally signed by the driver, and submitted by Fixed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and TechCrunch.

Hegarty told NPR that he got the idea for Fixed after paying multiple tickets, only to discover two more tickets on his car the same day. He says he plans to expand the application to other cities, too. Currently, there is a waiting list to participate in the San Francisco trial version.

“Fixed is not a law firm. Your parking advocate is not an attorney. Communications do not constitute legal advice,” notes the fine print at the bottom of the Fixed page.

Similar services are offered, in multiple U.S. cities, by parkingticket.com and, in Toronto by the Parking Ticket Guys, TechCrunch notes… (more)

There are so many people who are livid over illegal tickets and broken meters, that we will try to keep up with some solutions for those problems. The media is picking up on these so we are as well. Coming soon a story about a little guy who sued the city and SFMTA and won.