Meter Maid Tips on Avoiding Parking Tickets in SF

by Max Cherney : thebolditalic – excerpt

When I lived in the Mission, I used to have a parking prayer: “I wish I may, I wish I might find a safe parking spot tonight.” That’s because parking on the street in San Francisco is the worst. Not only because it feels like there’s never street parking when you need it, but also because when you find that precious spot, there are a thousand different rules you have to follow — curbing your wheels, marathon street closures, street cleaning, residential time limits, Giants games street closures, meters, permits, double parking, loading zones. Oh my.

So, after I met an SFMTA Parking Control Officer randomly at a bar earlier this year, I was excited — in a full-on nerd way — that he agreed to get buzzed over a couple beers, and let me pick his brain about parking in San Francisco. He asked to remain anonymous for this story, but here is what we talked about…(more)

Parking in a bus stop is probably the riskiest thing you can do…
Common misunderstandings about Muni…
How to avoid a ticket if you’re unsure, especially at large events…
What tricks to get out of a ticket don’t work?…
Any tips for dealing with a ticket?…
On getting your car towed…
What about curbing your wheels?…
You must have a front license plate on your vehicle… (more)

Who’s Not Against Cars-First Prop L? Supes Tang, Farrell, Yee, and Mayor Lee

By Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerp

Not sure how smart it is to lambast everyone who doesn’t agree with your anti-car line. Barely 3% of the residents ride bikes, which means that 97% do not, yet all we hear about is the need to pour more money into bike lanes and protect the rights of bikers to run red lights and ignore the traffic laws that everyone is supposed to bide by.

People support Prop L because we are really tired of having bikes crammed down our throats. Riding a bike is not everyone’s cup of tea, and most bikers also own motor vehicles.