The worst neighborhoods for parking in San Francisco

By Mike Moffitt : SFGATE – excerpt  (includes map)

SF collects millions in parking fines every year

In San Francisco, parking regulation enforcement helps ensure that spaces are turned over, bus zones are not blocked, street sweepers can do their job and residential spaces are reserved for residents.

But they also have another purpose — making millions for the city.

Recently we wrote about a new app that pinpointed the 10 most parking ticket-prone blocks in San Francisco.

Now we’re looking at which neighborhoods hand out the most parking citations — and reap the most money… (more)

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S.F.’s Worst Block for Parking Pain

By Michael Cabanatnuam and Steve Rubentstien : sfchronicle – excerpt (linked file)

More than 4,000 tickets issued last year on street riddled with confusing signs, changing rules South of Market. (download pdf)

“Parking, which is horrible everywhere in SF and is especially horrible on the 300 Block Townsend” between Fourth and Fifth Streets. This block, located next to the train station, has many conflicting signs regarding traffic and parking instructions.

Thank you Spot Angle for gathering and sharing the data on parking and traffic tickets in SF, and thank you SF Gate and SF Chronicle for conducting further research and reporting on this most irksome issue that plague our citizens.

The public is confused and outraged over many issues on our streets and tickets are responsible for a lot of that anger . Many tickets are issued unfairly and can be contested successfully if you have the time to go to at least two or three hearings.

Muni riders are not immune from erroneous tickets. Many riders complain about tickets issued because of false readings on scanners. This is one more reason people are getting off the bus.

So, what is City Hall going to do about it? They are conducting hearings on a lot of complaints related to street projects. Add this one to the list  We suggest a citizens’ review of all future signs be added to the public outreach of street projects to assure the signs at least make sense and are understood by some humans who know the neighborhood. Tickets given out where signs and rules conflict, should be disregarded as incentive to the department to fix the problem.

No New Measures Planned To Prevent Drivers From Entering Sunset Tunnel

by Saul Sugarman : hoodiine – excerpt

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I can see the problem. The “Do not Enter” sign is poorly placed between the two streets. It appears to apply to Carl Street, not the paved street going into the tunnel. They could try to move the sign to the other side of the walkway and put on on both sides of the tunnel. They could also apply some red paint to it.

N-Judah riders have already suffered their fair share of delays in 2017 thanks to wayward drivers who try to make it through the Muni-only Sunset Tunnel. Two attempts to cross the dark corridor have gone down just this month.

Thankfully, no one has been injured in the past seven years, but for now, the SFMTA has no plans to remedy the problem. Agency spokesman Paul Rose said efforts made this past year — including the installation of speed bumps and “DO NOT ENTER” signs at either end of the tunnel — should be enough to deter confused drivers.

“It’s a situation we’ll continue to monitor and make adjustments to in order to prevent and minimize the impacts of cars being stuck in or outside the tunnel,” Rose said.

He noted there have been approximately 24 attempts to cross the tunnel since 2010. In addition to the signs and bumps, gates on either end remain closed when Muni is not in service… (more)

They should try the Red Paint treatment there. It’s hard to imagine that they can’t figure out some way to point the drivers in the right direction. maybe they need better easier to navigate other streets nearby. A wide, clearly lit street that looks driver friendly. Ask a driver, not SFMTA staff to figure it out how to direct traffic.

I Made A Mistake: Went to San Francisco

By Peter Wallace : hngnews – excerpt

I won’t be back to San Francisco again unless my work requires it.

When I was in San Francisco on business last week I made a mistake.  I feel especially foolish because I know the city’s reputation – no, not that one – the one about parking.  In fact, a comedian does a routine about how the parking signs in San Francisco are so convoluted that it takes a lawyer to decipher them.

So, here’s what happened.  You tell me if you would have done the same thing…

So, while I did not leave my heart in San Francisco, I did leave $88 for the ticket, $4 for the money I put into the meter, and whatever I paid for lunch.

I find it interesting that cities that depend on tourism also predate on tourists, but I guess that’s another topic all together.

I won’t be back to San Francisco again unless my work requires it.  I’ll also encourage people who do go there to park wherever they want, since they’ll probably get a ticket anyway.  Just budget for $88.  Unless, of course, you plan to park on an elderly nun, in which case you might want to bring $98… (more)

More fallout from the San Francisco parking wars of 2014.

Chronicle Watch: Some S.F. drivers still feed meters on Sundays

By Kurtis Alexander : sfgate – excerpt

Street parking in San Francisco is now free on Sundays, but you wouldn’t know it from the 6,500 or so meters that still warn of enforcement — and ably take your cash.

Signs that demand payment from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays have not been removed from about a quarter of the city’s meters since San Francisco stopped charging for Sunday parking in July, according to records from the Municipal Transportation Agency.

While the digital displays on meters have been changed to say there’s no parking charge, the conflicting claims are creating confusion for drivers already prone to anxiety over the city’s patchwork of colored curbs, permit zones and street-cleaning signs…

“As they upgrade the meters, they’re updating the signs on the sides,” said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the Municipal Transportation Agency.

Rose said it would be too laborious to change the listed hours at every meter, only to return in coming months to replace the entire device… (more)

That sounds about right. It is too much trouble for the SFMTA to let you know when parking is free. It is too much trouble for them to put up signs that you can read before you park letting you know what the parking rules are. It is too much trouble for SFMTA to set up an easy method to appeal illegal tickets. It is too much trouble for SFMTA to serve the public that supports their exorbitant salaries, but, it is not too much trouble for SFMTA officials to dream up new ways to drive us mad.

Is this what you voted for when you voted to give the SFMTA total control over the streets of your city?

Despite Free Parking, San Francisco Meters Continue Collecting On Sundays

KPIC – excerpt – online

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco may be raking in profits from parking meters when parking is supposed to be free.

Signage on many San Francisco parking meters still indicates Sunday enforcement, even though the city recently stopped charging for Sunday parking.

“I don’t know why they’re not saying free parking, because that’s what it is now,” one man told KPIX 5… (more)

We have been hearing about this since the Mayor and press first mentioned that parking will be free on Sundays again.

Not only did the SFMTA not change the signs, they also did not change the much touted smart meters. Many meters still flash the expired message on Sundays.

You may want to treat this like a crime and report any confusing signs and meters you see to the SFMTA so they will have a record of the complaints. There is a at least one class action lawsuit regarding confusing signs pending so the department is well aware of the signage problem.

As always, let the Supervisors know about the problem.

Most Dangerous intersection on 17th and Potrero Avenue

Most dangerous inersection

Most dangerous intersection

I have witnessed cars in the wrong lane so frequently here, that I cannot believe there are not more accidents. This was the fourth or fifth time I have seen this behavior. It happens day and night, regardless of the sun. It seems that the solid white line of the line that separate the facing traffic lane.
On closer inspection, it appears that for some reason, there are broken white lines at the East end of the block along the bike path. The yellow lines separating the two facing lanes are fairly widely spaced apart. That might be the problem. Will try to get some new photos tomorrow to add to this article. Maybe we just need a new paint job to fix the problem.

How to Find Free, Priceless Parking Spots Hidden in Plain Sight

By David LaBua : 7×7.com – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,

I have a question for which I have gotten three different answers from three parking enforcement officers, and I googled for hours with no luck. I then found your 7×7 blog. You seem to be the most straightforward and knowledgeable source of all things parking. Can you please give me some advice about this parking spot on the corner of California and Mason?
In the photo is my car, the blue Jetta, underneath the cable car stop sign.
There is no paint on the curb and I’ve observed all parking signs. Nothing leads me to believe that it’s parked illegally as there isn’t any restrictive sign within 100 feet of where I am parked. But I’m still a little unsettled, as it’s next to a Cable Car Stop sign. Do you have any insight to settle my nerves? Thanks!
–  Just In Case

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