Dear Parking Guru,
Big fan here. You have made me look like I am smarter than I am on a topic that unites San Franciscans of all shapes and sizes!
I've never seen this topic covered before, so I thought I'd ask. When I am driving back into the City from Oakland, I can never figure out if I can use the carpool lane. Some signs say "Carpool Lane M-F", other signs only say "3 people required for carpool". If it is a Saturday, and I have 2 people, can I use the lane? Or do I have to have 3 people? Or am I not charged with 3 people but charged with 2 people? I am sometimes tempted to pull a Larry David and pick up a "friend" on the way back from Oaktown just to speed through the carpool lane and save myself 20 minutes of cluster-f misery.
Sure there’s good weather and more outdoor dining in the East Bay, but the best reasons to head across the bridge are the random, unexpected finds. Following are some of our favorites for this weekend:
Let’s face it, even with its real summer weather, most of the time the East Bay is the redheaded step brother of San Francisco—occasionally he’ll surprise you with something entertaining, but most of the time you tend to avoid hanging out with him. This is one of those occasional weekends where the East Bay is equaling if not besting the charms of the city. Following are three of the main reasons why:
The allure of the East Bay isn’t just about better summer weather—there are actually cultural happenings worth the trek as well, even for city dwellers spoiled by the big-name museums and galleries. Following are a few of our favorite reasons to cross the bridge this weekend:
In the lead-up to the Fourth, head East for a taste of good old-fashioned American summertime, Bay Area style.
Now that it’s officially summer, the hot days have disappeared, naturally. Despite the lack of sun, summery fun can still be had throughout the Bay this weekend, particularly in the East Bay where not only is the Alameda County Fair kicking off its 100th year, but the food scene is heating up and various smaller summertime celebrations are beginning as well.
You may not have three days to get away this weekend, but there are still plenty of ways to get out of town without going far. In addition to reliably good weather, the East Bay offers plenty of new experiences, even for long-time city dwellers. Following are three of our favorite reasons to head east today: