Showplace Square Parking Gets Metered

By Jacob Bourne : Potrero View – excerpt

The blocks surrounding Showplace Square and the California College of the Arts (CCA) have been a longstanding parking haven for commuters, oversized vehicles, and residents. Over time regulations have tightened parking availability throughout Potrero Hill, increasing parking pressures from Division to 16th streets and east to Seventh Street.  Now, the San Francisco Mu-nicipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is adding four hour time limited parking and metered parking to all streets in that area.

Though the measure has strong backing from nearby businesses, with support from District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, some San Franciscans are concerned about the displacement of individuals living in oversized vehicles, who have used the curbs of Showplace to store their homes…

Meters are being added on 16th and Seventh streets near CCA, and on Henry Adams, Kansas, and Division streets, as well as on the block surrounding Showplace East. The rest of the area will have four hour time limits without residential parking permit restrictions. Due to sensitivity for homeless individuals, the SFMTA board of directors decided not to impose an overnight-oversized vehicle ban, though the enforced daytime turnover will impact these vehicles. Although more than 400 meters are being installed, according to Andy Thornley, SFMTA senior project analyst, over the past few years 750 meters have been taken off the streets, Citywide.  There are fewer meters in San Francisco now than in 2013. … (more)

There are fewer parking spaces now because the goal of SFMTA is to eliminate as many as they can. They have gone after many parking metered spaces, such as the ones they took off of Mission Street recently and the ones they are getting ready to remove from Van Ness and Lombard soon.

It is this mania to remove parking and traffic lanes that has the public ready for their heads, or at least elimination of their jobs, that is responsible for the growing support for a Charter Amendment that would unwind parts of Prop E and K. More details on that:

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Walnut Creek Parking Meter Glitch Fixed After Malfunction Produced Unwarranted Tickets

cbslocal – excerpt

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) – A glitch found in some new downtown Walnut Creek parking meters that left at least 100 drivers with unwarranted parking tickets has been fixed, city officials said.

Sensors near the new “smart meters” installed downtown last year are designed to wirelessly signal to the meter when a vehicle enters and leaves a parking spot, city officials said.

But some of the sensors were too sensitive, causing them to erroneously reset and prompting parking enforcement officers to issue tickets, according to Matt Huffaker, assistant to the City Manager… (more)

Or in the case of the sensors in SF, the batteries died.

Should S.F. make it easier or harder to drive and park in the city?

Business Pulse – Polls and Surveys : bizjournals – excerpt

Easier. Most people still drive; deal with it. 41%

Harder. More cars will just mean more gridlock. 25%

Neither. Transit vs. cars doesn’t have to be either/or 33%

Votes Cast: 221


This survey is not a scientific sampling, but offers a quick view of what readers are thinking

Study Suggests Fluctuating Price Parking Program In San Francisco Works

By Barbara Taylor : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new study finds that SFpark, the two-year-old program that uses fluctuating pricing to control parking space availability in San Francisco, is working.

Many initially thought the program was ambitious for its attempts to solve the city’s hefty parking problems. The approach has been tried out in six of the city’s busiest areas and varies the price up and down as needed to meet the demand… (more)

Don’t know who was interviewed or who responded to this study, but the voters will get the last word on this November with the Restore Transportation Balance initiative:

SF and Oakland Top the Worst Cities for Parking

by Jennifer Maerz : thebolditalic – excerpt

Locals aren’t the only ones who think parking sucks here. Now there’s a national study ranking Oakland and San Francisco #2 and #3 respectively as the “Worst Cities for Parking Your Car” in the country. Only Chicago beat us as being a suckier place to stow your vehicle.

The study was conducted by financial analysis site NerdWallet, which used the price of parking and the number of stolen cars per city as factors in creating its ranking. Oakland, the company notes, has 124.59% more car thefts than the national average, while SF has 5.53% fewer thefts (I think our crooks here prefer a nice smash-and-go window job to stealing the whole ride). NerdWallet uses the stats to offer financial tips related to driving, such trying out SFpark, “an organization that matches drivers with parking spaces at various rates. Drivers can see where spots are available and how much they’ll have to pay online, though the median price to park is $29 a day and $375 a month.” … (more)

SFMTA wins another prize. This time SF is rated and the worst to park. No surprise to us. I guess this rules out the theory that congestion pricing helps drivers. So, get ready for this argument to stop that waste of tax payer money. If you agree with us and want the MTA to return to the job of managing Muni for Muni riders, and get them out of the parking management bussiness, sign the Stop SFMTA petition:

Then join us in supporting a ballot initiative to FIX THE MTA.


3 calif cities voted worst places to park

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 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.

San Francisco Parking Meters: A $130MM Industry

by  Zack Crockett: priceonomics – excerpt

If you’re a car owner in San Francisco, you’ve likely been brought to tears at least once by a dreaded white envelope under your wiper, or towering hourly parking meter rates. If so, you’ve probably wondered: exactly how much money does the city of San Francisco rake in from these revenue streams every year? For many, the cost of parking in this city seems unreasonably high, but how does it compare to other cities?

Here’s the answer: San Francisco has the the most expensive parking tickets in the entire United States.

Parking Citation Fees and Meter Fares

On its website, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) jokes, “Even parking tickets get a day off now and then.” During just three select days every year  — Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’ Day  — the SFMTA doles out free parking, releasing city dwellers from the burden of enforced meters.

But this “gift” is deceiving; the SFMTA spends the other 362 days a year dutifully handing out parking tickets. Over the years, they’ve gotten quite expensive.  In fact, at $74 a pop, the city’s standard parking tickets are the most expensive in the country — by nearly $10… (more)

Read more to see the details. Here is proof of what we already know, regardless of their claims, SFMTA has set the highest parking ticket prices in the country, and a heavily contested appeals process. The lack of separation of powers between a government body that legislates, enforces and handles appeals of its own cases, is highly questionable.

The 2013 Streetsie Awards, Part 1

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Now that the votes are in, it’s time to present the 2013 San Francisco Streetsie Awards, Streetsblog’s recognition of the year’s best and worst in livable streets…

Worst Political Trend: Bad Parking Policy Disguised as Populism
Parking garages in, parking meters out. That’s the position espoused lately by Supervisors Mark Farrell, Malia Cohen, and David Campos, who’ve been fighting parking meters and trying to force developers to trade apartments for car storage, under the pretense that this will make the city more affordable and livable. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
More parking in buildings, which Campos and Cohen have pushed for in recent projects, means higher rents, more car ownership, and traffic. Blocking meters, a fight taken up by Farrell and Cohen, prevents the SFMTA from setting prices in response to demand — the very purpose of the nationally-lauded and successful SFpark program, aimed at reducing needless traffic circling for parking. Unfortunately, this contingent recently persuaded the entire Board of Supervisors to hamstring the SFMTA’s ability to install new parking meters in a five-year contract. Pandering to poorly-informed parking warriors isn’t a populist cause, it’s a short-sighted political gambit that is hurting SF… (more)

There are so many misconceptions and wrong information in this article, we leave it to you to find them and point them out to the author if you are so inclined.

The Future of SFpark

By David LaBua : 7×7 – excerpt

In 2011, The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency established the SFpark pilot, using new technology and policies to improve parking in San Francisco. The pilot aimed to reduce traffic by helping drivers find parking spaces more quickly. More parking availability makes streets less congested and safer. Improved parking meters that accept credit and debit cards and phone payment reduce frustration and parking citations.
As the pilot phase comes to a close in 2014, the project will continue to operate and any major changes will be considered after evaluation is completed in Spring 2014. In the meantime, there will be some changes to the SFpark mobile app. and the data feed that some other private parking mobile apps also use.
As of January 1st, 2014, the parking sensors in the street will be turned off and their data feed will no longer be available as parking sensor batteries have reached the end of their useful lives. This means that the real-time information on parking space occupancy will not be available for mobile apps and similar uses(more)

How much has this experiment costs the taxpayers and what is the net revenue the SFTMA generated from this program? What will become of all those parking apps that are dependent on this system?

Looks as if the taxpayer spent $44 million dollars on the pilot program that installed 6000 revenue generating smart parking meters with a two year lifespan, (since SFMTA claims they have to replace all the meters).
Muni wants SF citizens to approve three billion dollars in new fees, fines and sales tax in November. How much of this is planned for replacement smart meters and other none Muni tech gadgets and planning for future projects, and how much will actually improve rider service?
Voters may decide to end the experiment in self-governing granted to the SFMTA instead of feeding the insatiable giant. Let your supervisors know how you feel. Demand a better system.

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)