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Monday, April 22, 2013

Golden Gate Park 420 Revelers' Illegally Parked Cars Go Unticketed

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

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Not a priority?
For the dazed, happy 420 celibrants shambling about San Francisco on Saturday like characters in a George Romero film, all was well.

For those left to clean up after them, it was less so. Picking up tons of detritus will cost the city a pretty penny.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that, according to frustrated cyclists who contacted SF Weekly, multiple calls to the Department of Parking and Traffic to ticket or tow cars illegally parked in John F. Kennedy Drive's bike lanes and creating a dangerous bottleneck were blown off.

Dispatchers told one cyclist that addressing this problem was "not a priority." In more than 90 minutes time following complaints phoned in by multiple callers, the cyclist reports, no city personnel came to ticket the mass of more than 100 cars clogging JFK between the mouth of Golden Gate Park and the Conservatory of Flowers.

Messages to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have not yet been returned.

The video below was filmed in late afternoon on April 20.

Update, April 23: Muni spokesman Paul Rose sent us the following: Records indicate there were no calls and nor were there any citations issued for VC21211 (Blocking Bike Lane) on April 20th for bike lane violations in GG Park. Our enforcement supervisors are investigating the matter to determine what specifically took place related to this parking issue.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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