Parking in SF: The Numbers Are Daunting

By Finding the Sweet Spot
|  Sunday, Feb 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:00 AM PDT
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Parking in SF: The Numbers Are Daunting

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How many parking officers are there per square mile in SF? 6; 8; 12; 16

Our fair city is 7x7 miles long and wide, there are about 300 DPT officers on the streets these days, so that comes out to 6 parking officers per square mile, or one officer per every 6x5 square block area.

There are about 10,000 vehicles per square mile in SF, which leaves us with one parking officer per 1666 vehicles (those three sixes are interesting, aren’t they).

This number makes it a little like shooting fish in a barrel.   Maybe that’s why there are so many tickets given out. 

Further crunching the numbers, however, it seemed to me that something wasn’t quite adding up.

If you were a traffic officer, and there were 1666 vehicles in your 6x5 square block area, how many tickets do you think you could give out per day?  I would bet that I could give out at least 100 per day.  

How many tickets per day do you think each parking officer gives out on average?  Let’s do the math.

There are about 2,000,000 parking tickets written per year in San Francisco by about 300 parking officers.  That comes out to 6666.666 tickets written per year per officer (there are those sixes again….

So 6,666 tickets written per year per officer, and 260 working days per year, comes out to 25 parking tickets written per day, and 3 tickets written per hour per officer.  That’s all.

My conclusion: To be honest, rather than complaining, I think we should all count our blessings. 

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