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Parking Quiz: When Was The First Parking Meter Installed 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.

Happy Friday! We've got a little history lesson for you this afternoon from our parking know-it-all, David LaBua, about when the first parking meters landed on the streets of San Francisco and changed the lives of drivers forever. Take a guess and learn the answer in a few hours!

When was the first parking meter installed in San Francisco?

Parking Tips For New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

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.

New Year's Eve is all about parties, so it's the last time you want to be worrying about your car. Make sure your auto is safe with these indispensible tips from David LaBua, and have fun!

Parking Tips: The History & Drama Of Car Towing Fees

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: A couple of weeks ago, my post about your car disappearing generated a lot of email expressing confusion and varied experiences and beliefs about retrieving a stolen and towed vehicle. Many people remember when towing and storage fees were waived if your car was stolen, then recovered. Many people, including some at the SFMTA, the Police Station, and some at AutoReturn were unclear about whether or not any fees were waived. And many people wanted to know when the rules changed. So, I dug a little deeper and found some documents, which will hopefully answer many questions, and probably create a few more.

Parking Quiz Answers: How To Get Your Towed Car Back

Just before lunch, our parking guru David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked just how hard it is to get your car back once it's been towed, because, let's face it--it is. He also made a cool flowchart to help you through the confusion and panic that immediately results after realizing your car is gone. Check out the quiz answer and flowchart below!

How Many Steps Does it Take to Recover Your Vehicle if it is Towed?

A) 1
B) 3
C) 33 1/3
D)
E) All of the above and possibly none of the above

Parking Quiz: Your Car's Towed. Now What?

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.

Last week's parking quiz raised a lot of questions and concerns about just what the heck to do once your car's been towed. How do you get it back? Are you sure it's been towed? David La Bua has crafted a handy flowchart (to be revealed in a few hours) and quiz to help you through tough times. Answers after lunch!

No More "Free" Parking @ Broken Meters

Remember when our parking guru David La Bua quizzed you about parking at broken meters? Looks like it's about to get much harder to get away with it in San Francisco. The SFMTA is trying to clamp down on the time limit allowed for free parking at a busted meter to a measly one hour.

Parking Quiz Answers: Was Your Car Towed or Stolen?

Earlier today, our parking guru David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked which happens more in our fair city: getting your car towed, or stolen? The answers are revealed below, and Mr. La Bua's got some good and bad news for you car drivers. What did you guess?


1) How many cars are towed per year in San Francisco?
    A) 700 
    B) 7,000
    C) 70,000
    D) 700,000
    E) 7,000,000

2) How many cars are stolen per year in San Francisco?
    A) 600 
    B) 6000
    C) 60,000
    D) 600,000
    E) 6,000,000

Answers:

Parking Quiz: Where Did Your Car Disappear To?

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 La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

"Where is my car?", you ask yourself when you can't seem to find it in the spot you last left it. If it's really not there and your memory isn't failing you after all, it's either been stolen or towed. But which occurs more often in San Francisco? David La Bua calls this quiz "SF Cars Stolen vs. Towed: The Good, the Bad, and the City". Take this double quiz and write your answers in the comments...we'll post the answers in a few hours!

1) How many cars are towed per year in San Francisco?

Thanksgiving Parking Tips From Parking Guru, David La Bua

While you're traveling about town this Thanksgiving weekend, know all the ins and outs of holiday parking so you don't get stuck with a nasty ticket on your windshield. David LaBua, author of city parking manual Finding the Sweet Spot, has all the info you'll need.

Parking Quiz Answer! Finding & Avoiding Red Light Cameras in SF

A bit ago, parking guru David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you guys to guess how many red light cameras there are in the city, plus a bonus question of how long red lights actually last. Did you guess correctly?

How many red light camera intersections are there in SF?

A) 2
 
B) 4
 
C) 24
 
D) 42
 
E) 142

Bonus Question (Essay): How long does the typical red light last?

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