How Many Parking Meters are in SF?

By FINDING THE SWEET SPOT
|  Saturday, Feb 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 AM PDT
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LONDON - JUNE 22: Two hours penelty time is indicated on a parking meter on June 22, 2006 in London, England. The Commons transport committee report branded the state of Parking enforcement absurd, inconsistent, confused and a mess. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

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Which is Greater? The number of street parking spaces (including meters) in SF or the number of registered cars in San Francisco?

The most recent public data I obtained shows that there are:

379,898 cars registered in San Francisco and… 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.

But wait, 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:

505,733 vehicles and 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:    www.findingthesweetspot.com

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