Posts Tagged ‘parallel’

How Close is Too Close for Parallel Parking on the Streets of San Francisco? This is It – Too Close

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Visitors ask all me all the time if my giant Toyota has ever gotten stuck between other cars whilst parked on the mean streets of San Francisco.

And the answer has always been in the negatory.

But I think this here is an actual case, what with bumpers of the black VW cute-ute SUV actually touching the cars ahead and behind.

See?

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I don’t know, maybe you could rev your engine to gently push the cars out of your way, but that would seem to be a risky course.

I guess the driver might have to just be patient and then come back to see when escape becomes a possibility…

San Francisco’s Best Parallel Parker of 2009 Has Got to be This Guy

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Even with a spotter, trying to park this trailered rig on the left side of Fell Street, well that can’t be a picnic. The very prospect of thinking about which way to turn the stearing wheel gives me a headache.

Didn’t see how this one turned out, but just for the bold attempt, and considering the degree of difficulty, this man deserves to be San Francisco Parallel Parker of the Year, 2009.

¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!

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Can You Legally Park Your Tiny Smart Car Perpendicular to the Curb? Heck No

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

See this trendy Smart Car parked all perpendicularly to the curb in San Francisco’s Western Addition / NOPA area? Well don’t be surprised if you see it and others like it get cited for illegal parking.

That’s right, what’s encouraged in Paris, France will get you a citation in the 415.

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Cf. Or this way, don’t park this way.

The gritty nitty:

CA Vehicle Code: 22502. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent  curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb…

So don’t be surprised when a DPT SFMTA PCO KO’s U ASAP.

TTFN.

Know Your Wacky S.F. Homeowners: #1 – Would Rather Call for a Tow than Learn to Drive

Monday, July 6th, 2009

You would think that a car that could fit into a garage could also pass through the sidewalk cut-out made for said garage. Of course you say, it’s axiomatic ‘n stuff.  But some people don’t believe that. These homeowners pester the City for official DPT sidewalk curb red paint to keep encroaching street parkers at bay.

As if that’s not enough, said homeowners then proceed to add in their own menacing, hysterical “TOW” lines in red paint, paint  that never quite matches the official colour. Thusly, as seen in Ashbury Heights:

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Is the owner of this Toyota RAV4 playing a dangerous game? Click to expand.

Is it true that huge WW II-era battleships had less room to play with, width-wise, going through the Panama Canal than what some complaining San Francisco homeowners demand for their little cars? Yes. For example, the 34,000-tonne U.S.S. North Carolina battleship had just 12 inches clearance on either side, back in the day.

But you give a San Francisco homeowner just a foot on either side and it’s TOW, TOW, TOW.

Driving lessons cheerfully given for free. NB: Try not to steer too much. NNB: Try backing her in when you garage it in the first place.

Here’s an idea. After you actually learn how to drive, then take the sandblaster you’ve got somewhere in your garage (you know, right next to the unexploded ordnance you all seem to store) to eliminate evidence of your unneighborlyness.  

Good on you, mate.

Parallel Parking in the Middle of Valencia – Your Right as a San Franciscan

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Valencia Street in the Mission used to have two lanes in both directions, but now it has Category II bike lanes and a center lane that’s supposed to be used for turns. The problem is that drivers view the turning lane as a 13-foot-wide, mile-and-half-long parking lot.

As here, where the driver of this black $100,000 Mercedes Benz Geländewagen is backing up the northbound lane to claim the prize he just passed by. Was the MUNI bus delayed by this maneuver of the G-Wagon? A little, but Parking Wherever The Hell You Want is Your Right as a San Franciscan, right?

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Do people get tickets for this? People do.

Occasionally.

Friendly PG&E Gives You a Ring Before Having Your Car Towed Away

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Lot’s of times we have signs on the streets of San Francisco warning of a construction zone - this is your notification of the days and times a parking space is unavailable. When a crew comes in the morning and see your car, they’ll have it towed away with extreme prejudice.

But look here at the policy of mega utility Pigs, Girafffes and Elephants: just leave your number and they’ll let you know when you need to move. Que bueno!

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That’s a friendly policy from PG&E, non?

Parallel Parking in San Francisco – The Exact Wrong Way to Do It

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Now take a look at this full-size Chevrolet Silverado work truck parked on the Streets of San Francisco (a Quinn Martin Production). The driver literally had about one inch of maneuvering space fore and aft, so it was fairly obvious he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Whose fault is it? Either the driver of the Subaru wagon on the left or the 3-series BMW on the right. The onus is on you, the parker, to make sure others can get out, right?  

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In this case, the Chevy owner gave up and the BMW left a few hours later. It was replaced by a MINI Cooper, whose owner actually checked to see if he left enough space.

That’s your transportation-related Lesson of the Day

¡Bienvenido a San Francisco!