Beware! The Unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking is Now Fully Operational

Via Streetsblog SF (which is having a fun-raiser party January 21st, bring money if you want) comes news of the new, unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking blog.

Read the cheery welcoming message from the Commissioner of Concrete. See? He’s gunning for you, sidewalk parkers.

The DSP operates in District 11, but you can find examples of sidewalk parking all over town. As seen in District 5 on Ashbury Street:

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NB: When this self-appointed “commissioner” talks of getting an offending vehicle  “removed” he means towed away - towed away with extreme prejudice. Anybody who calls in a tow on a sidewalked-parked car on his or her own street should be prepared for possible blowback. (Those who live in or rent out illegal in-law apartments might very well get ratted out by an irate sidewalk parker, just saying.) Anonymity recommended.

Is it my hobby to ferret out sidewalk parkers and then call DPT at (415) 553-1200 for the ticket /towaway patrol? No.

On the other hand, do I support homeowners who think they own the sidewalk in front of their homes? No.

Can one person change the culture of sidewalk parking in one section of San Francisco via a persistent campaign? Yes, it’s possible.

Bon Courage,  San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking!

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One Response to “Beware! The Unofficial San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking is Now Fully Operational”

  1. Thank you for the well wishes.

    I need to correct something in your post. I never talk about “removing” cars parked on the sidewalk. When you call the number, the DPT dispatches officers who come out to investigate, and if they find that your call has merit, they will ticket the car. It will not be towed. Towing is a different animal because the towing companies make money from it and they can be like hyenas circling around the city to find towable cars. Because of this, it would certainly be interesting to see what would happen if the punishment for sidewalk parking would be towing.