The origins of this post actually took place in Nob Hill, where a retired police officer pulled his badge on me and attempted to bully me out of a green zone parking spot. I’m not going to mention that business in this post, because I’m still doing some research, but I am going to mention some other businesses.
Located throughout the city of San Francisco are Green Zone parking spots.
Below are a few pictures of green zones, and the accompanying sign that has been put out by the business which is located most closely to that green zone parking spot. Click any image for a larger version:
Do businesses “own” the green zone in front of their shop? Are they legally allowed to tell people searching for parking that they can’t park there?
Are green zone parking spots only for patrons of a specific business?
From the SFMTA website, this is what they have to say about parking along curbs painted green:
In metered areas, green meters will have either a 15 or 30 minute time limit.
Vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green curbs/meters.
Green curbs/meters are typically used for:
- Small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores
- Dry cleaners
- Audio-visual repair shops
- Shoe repair shops
- Postal shipping centers
- Hardware stores
- Video rental stores
- ATM machines
In addition to trying to track down the individual that bullied me with his police badge (although he was retired, so this seems illegal in of itself), I’m hoping you can help me get to the bottom of the green zone mystery. If you have a contact at the SFMTA, or a definitive written source that answers this question, please email, give me a call, or leave a comment below!