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Parking Quiz: How Many DPT Officers Per Square Mile in SF?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Doesn't it seem like DPT officers are absolutely everywhere, all the time? How do they do it? Take this quiz and check back after lunch for the brutal truth to be revealed.

How many parking officers are there per square mile in SF?

Parking Tips: The Romantic Side of Parking

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David: It being Valentine’s Day soon, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the romantic side of parking your car in San Francisco.  Here are some of my favorite romantic spots to park and umm…talk. 

Parking Quiz Answer: SF Cars vs. Parking Spaces. Who Wins?

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


or.......


The number of registered cars in San Francisco?
 
 
Says David: The most recent public data I obtained shows that there are:

Parking Quiz: Parking Spaces vs. Cars in SF

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

A short one for you this gorgeous Friday, asking Which is Greater?
 
The number of street parking spaces (including meters) in SF


or......

Parking Quiz Answer: How to Decode Confusing Colored Curbs

Just before lunch, David LaBua of Finding the Sweet Spot fame quizzed you on how many of those darn colored curbs (that usually mean a ticket or two) there are in this city. Find out here how to decode them & outsmart the DPT once and for all.

How many restrictive curbs are there in SF? Put these curbs in order from most to least.

A) Green Zones
B) Blue Zones
C) White Zones
D) Yellow Zones
E) Taxi Zones

Answer:

Parking Quiz: Understanding Confusing Curb Colors & Signs

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David:

Signs and curbs are straightforward and easy to understand, right?  Not always. And, the 1,932,416 parking citations issued last year confirm it. Have you ever gotten a ticket and felt that it was unwarranted, but after carefully reading (then re-reading) the wording on the sign or curb, you finally realized that you were indeed in the wrong? Quiz yourself on just how many restricted curbs are out there. We'll break down the answers right after your lunch break!

How many restrictive curbs are there in SF? Put these curbs in order from most to least.

Three San Francisco Parking Scams

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

"There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum (1810–1891). And I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you may have been part of a parking ticket scam without even knowing it.  Perhaps more than once.

According to my sources at the DPT and the SFMTA, there are three different scams going on in SF using parking as their base of operation.

Parking Quiz Answer: Skewering the SFMTA's New Parking Rules

Just before lunch, our parking guru David LaBua challenged your knowledge of how the SFMTA can punish you and how they can't, so you can be vigilant in light of their new plan to make $100 million off city drivers this fiscal year.

Which of these is not a real parking law for which you can be ticketed?

A) The 72-hour law

B) The 3% law

C) The 18 inch law

D) The 100 foot law

E) The 4 hubcap law

F) The 1.72 degree law

Parking Quiz: How The SFMTA Can & Can't Punish You

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

By now you've heard of the SFMTA's new quest to squeeze over $100 million out of city drivers, and probably cursed them under your breath because of it. They're going to try to get you where it hurts, so take this quiz to know exactly what they can and can't punish you for. Check back after lunch for the answers and David LaBua's scathing review of this brutal new world of parking fines.

Parking Quiz Answer! The Day Parking in SF Changed Forever

A couple of hours ago, David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you fine readers when the first parking meter was installed in our fair city. Here, we unveil a little history lesson that answers just when parking on the streets of San Francisco changed forever.

When was the first parking meter installed in San Francisco?

A) 1849

B) 1930

C) 1947

D) 1962

E) 1979

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