And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.
That’s life in the big city…
If I were the Super Pretzel pushcart people on Market at the cable car turnaround, I’d push these carts somewhere else before the lengthy loading and unloading process:
But these people don’t care – on they go with lifting and the lowering, on they go as westbound traffic backs up behind them…
The white truck on the left is parked on the sidewalk. The SFMTA “knows” this because a dozen SFMTA-employed eyeballs have just passed by to see it. Yet, it didn’t get ticketed.
OTOH, the white car on the far right _did_ get a ticket, you can see it, for blocking a street sweeper on street sweeping day
These practices have developed over the years – they’re a culture.
If you ask somebody from the SFMTA about this sitch, they’d be all, well, call it in and we’ll come out and give it a ticket. (When SFGov doesn’t have the will to enforce its own rules, it says the whole process is “complaint driven.”)
Anyway, this is the culture, not that you’d find it officially documented anywhere…
Back last year, people’d be stapling the ads for Fixed onto official SFMTA parking tickets.
I don’t know if they’ve given up on stapling altogether, but this paper clip is an encouraging sign
Actually, I’d recommend that the profit-driven Fixed people not even touch an official SFMTA notice, but baby steps, baby steps.
Reader “C” saw how a Bro manspreaded his red scooter:
“No doubt there will be notes left on his scooter. That’s not very nice parking. Is he making a point or something?”
Men are pigs, right ladies? I’ll bet this San Francisco scooter jockey wouldn’t dream of parking in such a fashion…
What’s this? It takes just one truck double parking in our defunct “Jazz District” to back up Fillmore Street all the way across Geary?
Dude stopped at least three times to deliver huge water bottles on both sides of the street, like he had all the time in the world
And he seemed to double park closer to the middle of the street than the right side.
Anyway, I tended to bidness and then came back up Fillmore northbound and Dude was still there on Fillmore, except this time he nosed in a bit. Here’s your reverse angle:
Don’t we get water from Hetch Hetchy? So why do we need Nestle to deliver these huge bottles as if we had the worst water in the world?
Nestle charges extra for San Francisco deliveries and this impossible delivery situation is part of the reason why.
IMO, this job, which is unecessary in the first place, is too big for one person to do without cutting corners…
You want to see democracy in action? Simply go to all the meetings involving “Area Q” and then push and push and maybe the SFMTA will eventually throw you a bone by including or excluding your block from this or that parking scheme. It’s too late to get started now, but, you know, for next time.
Remember, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying the SFMTA to prevent others, the auslanders, from parking in “your” neighborhood.
Oh, and here’s what doesn’t work – standing betwixt the SFMTA and a pot of money it really wants:
No no, the SFMTA has already decided it’s up for the job of creating and profiting (managing, they call it) from the Q.
Area Q is a done deal, more or less.
One reason the federally-funded SFPark program failed is that the maximum rate of $6 per hour* was too low to garner the benefits promised.
So, as here on Chestnut Street, it doesn’t really matter all that much if the meters charge $1 or $3 or $6 an hour – during busy times, the metered spaces will be occupied like 98%+ of the time. Times like these:
So why couldn’t a “market” pricing-based experiment charge more than $6 an hour? Well, politics.
Maybe the feds will give us another $20 million worth of pork and then we can do SFPark again?
*Outside of “special event” pricing, when it could/can go up to $72 an hour.
I don’t know, but SFGov is powerless, it appears.
And here’s how things look in 2014 – nothing’s changed: