Get There!

January 11, 2013

I get around town.  A lot.  This involves three things:  driving, parking and walking.

A long time ago, I shared with you the parking meter card thing, but the city has mucked that up by using different kinds of meters, only some of which accept the cards.  But now the City has a program using an APP called PaybyPhone.  It also works with Android and Blackberry, but I use it on my iPhone.  (If you don’t have a smartphone, you can place an actual telephone call to them.)  Each meter has a number on the back (in very large type) and side and you just type in the number and go.  It even reminds you when the meter is going to expire and you can add more time where allowed without returning to the car.  Long line or long lunch – no problem!

They charge 45 cents extra each time you use it, which might seem like a lot but considering the THOUSANDS I am saving in tickets it seems a small price to pay.

ONE CAVEAT – BEWARE:  you must register the license plate of your car to use this because it doesn’t actually put time on the meter, just in an online system that the ticket folks can see.  (I learned the hard way when I used it with a rental and got a ticket.)

Also, one of my goals in 2012 was to walk more.  And the result is that sometimes I walk far from where I need to get next and I am either tired or out of time to walk back.  Sometimes I use the great MUNI app and take the bus but when things are really tight or the bus doesn’t come, I use UBER on my phone to magically summon taxis and black cars to retrieve me.  This has given me a level of freedom I didn’t have before to squeeze in an extra walk and I am really enjoying it.

It’s the little things as they say… they make city living easier and more productive for me and I hope they do for you as well.