Just before lunch, parking maniac David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you who would win in a fight: the number of cars in SF vs. the number of parking spaces?
The number of street parking spaces (including meters) in SF
The number of registered cars in San Francisco?
Says David: The most recent public data I obtained shows that there are:
379,898 cars registered in San Francisco
320,000 street parking spaces (including meters) in SF
But wait…there’s more. That number is just cars. There are also 61,755 trucks, 20,144 motorcycles, and 8,536 trailers registered in San Francisco, bringing the total number of registered vehicles in SF to 470,333.
And that’s not all.
Each day there is an increase of approximately +35,400 vehicles in San Francisco during the daytime hours monday through Friday, bringing the grand total to:
320,000 street parking spaces
There was a recent UC study showing that approximately 1/3 of all downtown San Francisco traffic is from vehicles circling looking for a parking place. But we San Franciscans, being the pioneers and innovators that we are, scoff at the old paradigm logic that tells us “You can’t put 10 pounds of cars into a 5 pound bag.”
If you consciously employ several parking strategies simultaneously, whenever you look for parking, it isn’t that difficult. Really. That’s why I wrote the book.
To see some of these parking strategies, tips, tricks and secrets, click here.