Parking Exemptions Considered For Area Q Churches

At a public hearing next Friday, the SFMTA’s board of directors will consider changing parking time limits on several blocks of Area Q from two to four hours for cars without residential parking permits (RPPs).

Last March, the SFMTA board approved the Area Q residential parking permit zone, which requires residents on 50 blocks between Masonic and Webster to apply for a permit if they want to park on the street for more than two hours.

During that hearing, church leaders expressed concern about how RPP regulations would affect their congregations. The proposed time limits, they said, would discourage churchgoers from driving in for weekday Bible study, meetings and other activities. The SFMTA promised to consider these and other concerns before RPP is implemented this fall… (more)

4 hours seems like a more reasonable time frame for all non-residents in
RPP areas, as most commuters need more than 4 hours but visitors and customers do not.

If you think the SFMTA and the MTC are going to ride in on taxpayer dollars and clean up the traffic problem by forcing people out of their cars, you are behind the curve. Even ABAG admits the Plan Bay Area needs adjusting. See the article by Zelda Bronstein: Displacement policy at risk in quiet power struggle

When Is It OK to Park In Front Of A Driveway In San Francisco?

cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — When is it okay to park in front of a driveway in San Francisco?

San Francisco MTA Spokesman Paul Rose says the answer is simple.  “If you don’t own the property, don’t park in front of it because you could be cited, or you could be towed.”

Any car blocking a driveway has to be registered to the address, but the city won’t generally ticket or two from in front of a driveway unless someone complains.

Residents are allowed to park in their own driveways as long as the vehicle doesn’t extend into the sidewalk.

For a complete list of parking rules, check the SFMTA website.

Parking in San Francisco

Posted by : – excerpt

I am reading this very small book about parking rules in San Francisco, how to avoid tickets and increase parking karma. It’s an entire book about parking!

I’ve learned a few facts:
1. You always need to turn your wheels to the curb on every block that is above a 3% grade (which means almost all the time, unless the street is flat).
2. You need to move your car every 72 hours, even if there is no sign, by law, someone (say a neighbor that doesn’t like that you’ve parked in front of their house), can call the parking people and they will issue you a citation to move the car.
3. When it’s 2 hour parking, you can’t add money to the meter after your 2 hours. You need to move the car to another place, not just to another parking spot across the street. The parking people have become more advanced past chalking your tires and now scan your license plate.
4. The #1 citation: alternate street parking. #2 citation: parking meter expired.
5. Parking signs may be posted far away, 100 feet away, which is several car lengths away, but that sign applies to you… (more)

San Francisco looks to curb double-parking

: abclocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — People who live, work or visit in San Francisco knows the streets can be very congested. Part of the problem is double-parked cars and trucks. Now, one city supervisor is saying enough.
Double parking is rampant in San Francisco. It disrupts traffic and creates safety issues. The top five streets for violators are: Mission, Sutter, Howard, Polk and Union Streets.
“It’s really the wild west. People just seem to stop their vehicles wherever they want, whenever they want. Sometimes even when they have the possibility of pulling over,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener… (more)

Let’s see, the SFMTA has eliminated thousands of parking spaces in the city, changed the parking and driving rules and generally confused the heck out of everyone. No one knows what the rules are. No wonder why people are parking illegally everywhere.

As for enforcement, are you kidding? You can’t hire enough people to enforce the new parking rules. Driving and parking and enforcement is a matter of luck.

Is the 100-Foot Parking Law Real?

By David LaBua : 7×7 – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,
I just received a ticket for a street-sweeping sign that was way up the street from where I parked. I went to the library that day and found your book. In it, you say that, “The 100 foot law states that…each restrictive parking sign’s enforcement zone extends for 100 feet in each direction, or up to the nearest cross-street, whichever is less. The only reasonable argument I can see for having a parking ticket dismissed would be that there is no sign posted anywhere in the City that warns us of this.” Where is this law 100-foot law written? Nobody ever told me this, not even my driving instructor.

Dear S.O.L.,

This law has been printed on the back of every San Francisco resident’s birth certificate since 1947. Just kidding…they’ve only been doing that since 1975. Kidding again. The 100-foot law is the keystone of the San Francisco Traffic Code, but is one of those things that never gets discussed in driver training classes. Some traffic enforcement officers don’t even know about it. It seems to be one of those things heard only by word of mouth. I recently had a discussion with one of our friendly neighborhood SFMTA administrative judges, and one of the topics we discussed was the 100-Foot Law, and how to inform everyone about it. It is the most important parking and traffic law to know because it applies to all parking restriction signs…yet, it remains the least known. So here it is:

San Francisco Traffic Code Sec. 1001
When street signs noticing any Parking restrictions are required by state or local law, the signs shall not be placed more than 200 feet apart. The signs shall indicate by legible letters, words and figures the hours prescribed for said Parking restrictions within 100 feet on either side of the sign, except that such signs need not be placed within the boundaries of the grounds of a public institution… (more)

Here’s Something You Can Do If You’re Pissed About Paying for Parking on Sunday

By Erin Sherbert : – excerpt

Update 9 p.m.: Muni says it issued 4,000 warnings on Sunday to drivers who didn’t pay the meter for one reason or another.
Did you forget to plug the meter this past Sunday, despite our friendly reminder that you can no longer completely rest on your one day of rest?
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hasn’t responded to us, so we can’t tell you how many drivers forgot to feed the meter on Sunday, when paying for parking on the Sabbath started. If you forgot this time, best you use the next two Sundays to start practicing, because come Jan. 27 the fastidious meter maids will no longer issue warnings, but parking tickets...
So what can you do about the new oppressive parking rules?
Not much, really, but you can sign this petition, which asks the SFMTA to stop making San Francisco an all-around miserable place for drivers… (more)

Last comment on the petition today, “do you know how miserable it is to raise kids in this city? I live in the sunset. I pay 10K in property tax per year. I ferry my kids to ballet, kung fu, piano lessons, etc all weekend long. Don’t tell me to ride a bike to these activities — I am 45 years old and live among some really steep hills with 3 kids. This increase in parking costs and fees will cause folks like me to either (1) do more shopping in daly city (2) cheat the system more by getting a fake handicap placard or (3) cheat the city in other ways like unpermitted build outs, under reporting of income, or simply just moving away. You do realize this don’t you?”

Some Tips to Help SF Weekly Get Over the Free Parking Obsession

by Aaron Bialick : – excerpt

The folks at SF Weekly seem really upset about the end of free car parking on Sundays. The shock is apparently severe enough that Erin Sherbert put up a post yesterday directing readers to sign the petition demanding an absolute end to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s expansion of parking meters, launched by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF). (Just a reminder: ENUF’s spokesperson won a Streetsie Award this year for “most absurd argument against SFPark meters.”)
Signing on the to ENUF petition, Sherbert wrote, is car owners’ last stand against “the new oppressive parking rules.”…  (more)

Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Rules

By David LaBua: – exceprt

Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving weekend more than getting a $72 ticket…except being blamed for your in-laws’ car getting towed. We’ve broken down the matrix of rules and regulations for you so you can relax this Thanksgiving knowing that neither will happen to you… (more)

Only if you think to look up David LaBua’s blog will you know the rules to the parking game this Thanksgiving. Read for yourself. This really makes you want to shop in San Francisco.

Motion 120911.01 – update

Motion 120911.01 – The SFMTA CAC recommends that sidewalk parking laws be enforced not just against cars that leave less than four feet of direct-line travel room for pedestrians, but additionally against any car being more than one foot into the sidewalk…  (more)

We think is what we think this rule may mean…

What Do Strip Clubs and Churches Have in Common?

David LaBua : 7×7 : ParkingGuru – excerpt

Dear Ticket-Free,

Many people think that you can never park in a white zone. Not true.  Anyone who has thought this has been driving right past perfectly legit parking spots. And, because of this, white zones are one of the absolute best places to find parking.
White zones are found in front of businesses: Restaurants, apartment buildings, hotels, bars, nightclubs, and churches. Their purpose is to make the loading and unloading of passengers easier. While some white zones are in effect 24 hours a day, most are only in effect during the business hours of that particular business. Knowing the hours of a business is a critical piece of information that will lead you to more triumphant parking experiences.
To know what hours a white curb is in effect, simply read the writing on the white curb itself and/or the meter post to see the specific days and hours that the zone is enforced. If it simply says “No Parking During Business Hours,” go to the door of the business relevant to that curb to see the posted hours of business… (more)