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  • Parking police by UW!

    by NancyH2013 Written Jun 20, 2013

    Today, I received a $44 parking ticket on "The Ave" by UW while at the paying station paying for my ticket! I was having problems with the credit card, then realizing it didn't take Discover Card... so it took me a little longer while looking for another card. I turned and saw an officer placing a ticket on my windshield. My car was running with my whole family of 2 adults and 3 kids inside!

    I ran back to my car but it was too late.. the officer drove off. I caught up to the officer and explained to him. He said he waited 5 minutes and even went and knocked on my window but no one responded.

    That's a lie! I was out of my car no longer than 3 minutes and the only time he came to the car was to place the ticket. The other adults could have easier moved the car or explain i was down at the pay station!

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    Parking at Woodland Park Zoo

    by joiwatani Written Oct 17, 2011

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    During the summer time, the line to pay your parking fee is very long. It seemed like those parking meters that were put on the parking lot of the zoo are not people friendly. I noticed that the visitors have a hard time figuring out how to pay their parking fees!

    We must have waited at least 30 minutes just to pay our parking fee.

    There are no parking spaces available outside the Woodland Park Zoo. If there are, you must go there very early to get a parallel parking on the street. Make sure to park only at designated areas otherwise your car will be towed.

    It is safer to park on the two parking lots of the zoo.

    Here is the direction to where to park:

    Directions and Parking

    Including transit and parking information. Please consider riding the bus, biking, carpooling or walking when visiting!

    For information about traffic, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle for more information.

    Entrance addresses:

    South Entrance address: 750 N. 50th Street; West Entrance address: 5500 Phinney Ave. N.

    From the South / Downtown Take I-5 north to N.E. 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Entrance at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue N.
    From the North take I-5 south to NE 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Gate at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North.

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    From the South / Downtown Take I-5 north to N.E. 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Entrance at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue N.
    From the North take I-5 south to NE 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Gate at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North.

    Parking information

    Pay-for-parking kiosks are located at each lot. ADA/Handicap parking stalls are available in all zoo lots.
    •$5.25 per day for cars
    •$15.75 for buses, RVs and other oversize vehicles.

    The zoo has five parking lots:
    •South Entrance at the intersection of N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N.
    •West Entrance (“Water Tower lot”) at the intersection of N. 50th St. and Phinney
    Ave. N.
    •West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. and N. 55th St.
    •North lot at N. 59th St. and Evanston Ave. The West Entrance is accessible from a pathway from the north parking lot.
    •An inner north lot located at 57th. Come to the Evanston and N. 59th Street entrance to the zoo, continue west and the entrance will be located on the left side of the road before you go under the Phinney Ave. overpass.

    Additional parking is located in Lower Woodland Park at N. 50th and Aurora Ave. N. about
    .1 mile from the South Entrance.

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  • SEATTLE PARKING RIP OFF

    by TRAVELER3456 Written Aug 5, 2009

    DOWNTOWN PARKING IN SEATTLE IS A FREE FOR ALL FOR THOSE WHO OWN THE LOTS. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN PARKING IN DIAMOND LOTS AROUND PIKES MARKET. I RECENTLY PAID FOR 1 HOUR, WE DECIDED TO GO TO DINNER SO I WENT BACK AND PAID FOR 2 HOURS MORE. UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD TO WAIT FOR TABLE WE WERE 1 HOUR LATE GETTING BACK TO THE LOT. ONE HOUR COST US $38 IN THE FORM OF A TICKET FROM DIAMOND LLC, MORE MONEY THAN IT COST TO PAY FOR AN ALL DAY PASS ( JUST AN FYI) THE NOTE LEFT ON THE WINDSHIELD INFORMS YOU THAT IF PAID MORE THAN 15 DAYS AFTER TICKET IS ISSUED, IT COSTS ANOTHER $25. PLUS ADD ON THE $18 DOLLARS FOR THE ORIGINAL PARKING. FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF $81 FOR 3 HOURS OF PARKING. DIPS INTO THE FUN FUND JUST A LITTLE. WELCOME TO SEATTLE. JUST TO MAKE IT REALLY INTERESTING A FAMILY MEMBER HAD THEIR CAR PARKED 3 SPOTS AWAY AND DIDN'T GET A TICKET AT ALL. CHECK OUT THE PARKING GARAGE UNDER PIKES MARKET FOR BETTER PRICES, BEFORE YOU PAY.

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    Be careful with car prowlers

    by joiwatani Written Feb 8, 2009

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    Warning sign at the parking at Pike Place Market

    Although Seattle is very safe and very secure, it is better to secure your car and your properties (purses, cameras and luggages) out of sight and not in plain view. Place them at the trunk of your car not at the backseat or at the front seat. As the saying goes: "A footlocker's lock, keep an honest man, honest".

    The City of Seattle has many well-trained, reliable, police officers and has the best forces in the country but do yoursel a good deed, too. Always be careful, be alert and be safe!

    When in danger, always call 911 and you report incidents to the police officers. Most of the time, the come in right away.

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    Parking Dilemma

    by McKNicholson Written Jul 27, 2008

    While public transportation in Seattle is years behind other major cities, parking in the city will cost you if you don't know where to park. City Center, just off I-5 at the Union Street exit, is free with validation after 5pm and on weekends. Parking in Cal Anderson park, 3hr, is also free if you can find a spot. The best way to park in Seattle is to find free or cheap parking and then take an inner city bus to your destination. Some of the bus signs are not clear to out-of-towners so ask the bus driver. Hopefully you will encounter a nice one who isn't too far behind schedual.

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    Park & Fly

    by Seattlejhn Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    These are a good deal but few travelers read the fine print on the tiny card you sign and get a part to place in your vehicle. The line that says "we are not responsible for lost or stolen personal gear" . So if you forget and leave your new set of golf clubs on the front seat of your F250 truck, guess what? Suprize! Luggage, CD's, glovebox documents and anything in site could be stolen. Some have even had their entire rigs stolen. Please make sure that you use a lot that has a "secured fence & gate" w/24 hr gaurds. I'm a Shuttle Driver, I hear all the stories. Thank you!

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    An Arm and a Leg

    by Johnscarroll Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    TIght Street Parking

    If you are paying for parking downtown, be careful. It is very expensive - especially when compared to cities in the midwest.

    Parking in a downtown garage can cost up to 20 dollars for 4-5 hours, especially in the retail and financial core.

    Street parking is better, but you are usually limited to just 2 hours. And, read the parking machine rules carefully - they can be tricky. Seattle has central pay stations. You can use a credit card or coins but not bills. The cost is $1.50 per hour. The machine gives you a sticker with the expiration time. Make sure you tape the parking sticker on the inside PASSENGER side window (not the front or driver side.)

    Another warning: in residential neighborhoods, you will often see cars parked facing in the wrong direction. It's an understood thing around here that parking enforcement ignors this behavior. However, it is never ignored in commercial areas, and certainly not downtown. Cars parked facing the wrong direction will be towed or at least ticketed.

    Also, be careful and read signs. On several major street the curb lane becomes a traffic lane during peak periods. If you are parked in the curb lane at 7am or 4pm (for example) you are impeading traffic, and you could come out of the store or restaurant to find your car gone.

    During peak periods, some tow trucks are authorized by the city to tow vehicles immediately - no warnings or questions. If you get out to your car just as they are starting to lift it, you will still have to pay for the tow truck fee - on the spot. They are merciless about this.

    Finally, watch ahead of you while approaching an intersection controlled by a stoplight. Do not block these intersections. The city has been clamping down on this behavior and it can carry a heavy fine, not to mention that it ticks everyone else off.

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    Seattle's parking ordinances

    by L2G Written Apr 7, 2005

    If you are parking within Seattle city limits, be aware of parking ordinances that may affect you. Even where there are no posted parking restrictions, no vehicle may be parked on a street for more than 72 hours at a time. Also, RVs, tractor-trailers, etc. may not be parked on the streets between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

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    Parking in downtown Seattle

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    Parking in Seattle, like any big city, is a nightmare. WIth lots of traffic and expensive garages, it is best if you come into downtown early in the morning, park your car at one place for the whole day, and take public transportation to different places. We parked in the Seattle Center, which I think is probably the best place to park, since you can take transportation (monorail, or shuttle) to other places like Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Also, there are lots of parking garages and lots in the Seattle Center -- and the prices are usually $10-$15 per day, which is pretty cheap.

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    Bags in Your Car: Don't leave...

    by meliae Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Bags in Your Car: Don't leave bags (store purchases, backpacks, etc.) visibly in your car. If you're going to park somewhere, be sure to move such valuables into the trunk BEFORE you park. (My brother once got his car trunk broken into after moving his stuff from the car interior to its trunk at the parking lot; another friend had her car window smashed for a shoulder bag containing only a few books; my husband recently had someone steal his 'pouch' containing his cell phone and a few personal items stolen from his truck during broad daylight — and he was just out of sight from his truck!)

    Jaywalking: One of the strangest things you'll notice in Seattle is how big crowds gather at street corners while no cars are coming — they're waiting for that little light to change from 'Don't Walk' to 'Walk.' And there's a sound reason for that — jaywalking tickets. They're expensive, and if there is an officer around and you walk against the light, you may just find yourself owing the City of Seattle about a hundred bucks. The most typical places that I've seen these tickets given out is mid-day either near the county buildings (100 block of 3rd and 4th) and at the touristy area of Westlake Center (Pine and 4th and 5th).

    Coffee Jitters: With a coffeestand on nearly every corner, it's easy to drink too much caffeine products and find yourself a bit j-j-j-jittery! I work in the Westlake Center area, and can easily point you to, within a single block radius, three Seattle's Best Coffee stores, four Starbucks stores, two Tully's Coffees, and the independent Monorail Espresso!

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  • Jun 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The parking meters in Seattle are notorize for grabbing and holding your credit card, not allowing you to enter the time after your card has been taken and not spitting out the ticket for you to place on your window shield. Although the directions on the meter say "Insert and remove card quickly" the machine often grabs and holds the card. This is also done my theives that jam the machines. Not being able to enter the correct time is common, so even though you have managed to get the card back, the machine will read out transaction complete without allowing you to enter the time. Try to use private lots or better yet go to Tacoma. Plenty of free parking and no traffic.

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