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Five New Bike Projects to be Thankful for this Year

This year brought a lot of improvements to San Francisco streets—especially for the growing number of people biking in our city.

Ask the Parking Guru: Car Was Towed While on Vacation, Can I Contest?

Dear Parking Guru,

I came back from vacation yesterday and found that my car was stolen.  I made a report and soon thereafter I found that it wasn't stolen, but was towed by the SFMTA, impounded, and had racked up charges in excess of $1700 while I was away.  I was parked in my residential neighborhood, with a valid residential sticker prominently displayed on my bumper.  The people at AutoReturn would not listen and told me to contest the ticket, but said that I better hurry because in two weeks, it will be auctioned off.  I refuse to pay this fine, but am racking up $60 each day that it is impounded. Help! 

 - JL

 

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

New Smart Meter Sensors Just Installed in the Marina

We heard through the grapevine that the folks at SFMTA and SFPark (purveyors of the city's snazzy new smart meters) tore up a few blocks of Chestnut Street this week. The Marina is the latest 'hood to get wireless sensors (SOMA, Fisherman's Wharf and Civic Center are others) installed in each parking spot for their congestion-based pricing project.

Transported: What's the Deal with Parking on the Dolores Park Medians?

Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A hot button issue for people in the 7x7 offices with cars is how, why, when and where parking on the Dolores and Valencia Street medians is legal. And besides, doesn't it seem strange for a liberal town like San Francisco to mix church and state?

Transported: Understanding Those Confusing Clipper Cards

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

Transported: The City's 270 New Smart Parking Meters, Found!

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lines and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

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