SFpark, which will begin as a pilot program in the Mission District and elsewhere in late spring, uses road sensors to send real-time information that can be accessed online, via text message or at posted electronic signs to help drivers locate vacant spots, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.So...while searching for a parking space, cruising down the road, I should whip out my iPhone and either text or surf to SFpark to find where I can drop my jalopy? Don't I recall some recent civic outrage about distracted drivers using phones while on the go? About the rise in 'texting while driving' issues? And the prohibition of all that activity?
Doesn't this send a wickedly mixed message to drivers in the city?
At a time when we are looking at a second round of service reductions and fare increases for Muni service in SF, it looks like the city is online to screw up driving the streets yourself as well. Perhaps the message is just "Stay at home. Go nowhere. And whatever you do, don't try to cross the street."