Have you ever made your way back to your vehicle only to find a nasty note or parking ticket? Have you ever left your lights on only to come back to a dead battery? What if before someone wrote that note they could text you to let you know you unintentionally blocked them in? Even better, what if someone passed by your vehicle and saw that the time had ran out on your meter and could let you know? CurbTXT, which originated in Bernal Heights, is offering San Francisco patrons an option to help neighbors avoid the pitfalls of city parking.
The premise of the system is pretty simple. The free service is via text message and doesn’t require you to download an application. The civil solution to neighborhood parking has caught on around San Francisco. Cars are stickered with the mini CurbTXT logo to let others know that they participate in the program.
In order to sign up for CurbTXT, users must text their license plate number to (415) 529-5775 from their cell phone.
“We follow the parking madness on the Bernalwood blog and that served as an inspiration,” founder Alex has explained in a recent report, who was also partially inspired by the fact he owns a vintage school bus. He says his ride is “non-standard” when it comes to parking, so he wants to be sensitive to his neighbors’ parking needs. This is a close-knit community, and it can be damaging when tickets or tow trucks get involved, he says. We can act more like neighbors by reaching out directly to each other.”