May 2 Public Hearing on Parking – on-line Recording (click on the 130155 bullet point)
In opening statements Supervisors Mark Farrell and Malia Cohen left no doubt as to how they feel about the SFMTA’s misguided parking and traffic management policies, and suggested that perhaps a change in priorities is needed. The SFMTA needs to fix the Muni first. They feel that SFMTA’s first priority should be to make the Muni a safe, reliable public transit system.
Mark Farrell voiced his position against Sunday parking meters and expanding the meters into neighborhoods. He is particularly concerned about families with children and those who depend on cars, being pushed out of the city.
Malia Cohen’s statement, “I’m looking forward to, Ed Reiskin saying, ‘I quit, you won, we’re not going to be doing parking meters,” drew a round of applause.
David Campos got the most laughs when he said, “it would be nice if Muni buses were as efficient as meter maids swooping down on expired meters with tickets.
To which Reiskin replied, “That is a good benchmark for us to use.”
Disabled drivers could be forced to feed San Francisco parking meters, a move city officials say is for their own good… A 15-member committee, with nearly half representing the disabled community, told the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency that tightening the current parking rules, as well as expanding and metering San Francisco’s blue disabled parking zones, would make it easier for people with physical restrictions to find the parking spaces they need… (more)
Why are we not surprised. Will someone please inform the SFMTA that we are not buying their parking congestion theories? Since they have been acting on them parking has gotten worse, not better. We don’t need or want their help parking.
When is SFMTA going to pull all the free parking placards for MTA vehicles? Last weekend I spotted more MTA placard permits than disabled ones parking around Jackson Square.
Dear Parking Guru, Five months and three days after following your advice, which was to immediately request an in-person hearing with an SFMTA parking administrative judge and use the 72-hour law as my defense, I am declaring victory on this fine San Francisco morning. I just received a letter stating, “After review of the testimony, the parking control officer’s photos, the citation, permit records, Google Maps, and a call to the complainant, the preponderance of the evidence supports the conclusion that although the location had a valid special event no parking permit, it was not properly posted 72 hours in advance as required, and your vehicle was parked outside the restricted area. The citation is dismissed and grounds for a refund.” I think the fifteen minutes it took to attend a hearing was well worth it. Your advice to schedule the first hearing of the day and to use the 72-hour rule as my defense worked like a charm.
Thanks again for your support and insight. Regards, Positive Cash Flow
Dear Positive, Everybody who comes in to see them every hour of every day of their workday is angry. And about half of them leave even angrier.
However, the other fifty percent, like you, who know the obscure parking laws like the 72-hour rule, the 100-foot rule, and the 3% rule, and use them in their defense, will find that the judges know the rules extremely well and are fair. When the judge clearly sees that a car was ticketed or towed erroneously, they will own it and do the right thing.
Unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of result. If your tickets were not resolved to your satisfaction, log your complaints here on
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Bicyclists in San Francisco may soon find it a lot easier to find a parking space for their two-wheelers.
The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday approved a plan to increase bicycle parking in both residential and commercial areas of the City. The next stop for the bike parking plan: the full Board of Supervisors… (more)
They left out the request for showers and lockers in the work places where the cyclists to change and freshen up after cycling to work. Do regular folks get to use the facilities or will this perk be reserved by cyclists only?
RELATED: Planning Commission Approves Higher Bike Parking Requirements New buildings in San Francisco will be required to provide more secure bike parking under legislation approved by the Planning Commission yesterday. The ordinance is expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors next month… the ordinance will overhaul bike parking requirements for new residential and commercial buildings citywide,…
The Planning Commission voted to remove the “active use” provision, so providing bike parking within 25 feet of the front of a building will still require a permit. The alternative is to place the bike parking closer to the rear of a building or on a different floor.
The strongest opponent of re-defining bike parking as an active use was Commissioner Katherine Moore. While she fully supported the rest of the ordinance, she said that a parked bicycle “is an inanimate object, not an active use.”… (more)
Seemingly every motorist in San Francisco has a tale of being unfairly ticketed by an overzealous parking control officer.
Fewer drivers though have as much exonerating evidence available as Beth Chen, a Forest Hill resident who was recently hit with a $62 ticket that accuses her of overstaying a two-hour time limit near the Stonestown YMCA…
(SFMTA’s spokesman) Rose added that “any motorist who wants to contest a ticket should mail in their protest to the agency center on 11 S. Van Ness Ave., or they can drop off the written appeal in person. Any documents, such as receipts, will be taken into consideration by the agency”, he said… (more)
Starting June 17, the price of an adult fast pass and an adult Muni-only pass will increase by $2 up to $76 and $66, respectively.
The senior and youth passes will be $23 per month, a $1 increase.
The new costs will go into effect for riders purchasing passes for the month of July… (more)
Hundreds of on-street parking spaces will be set aside for car-sharing vehicles this fall as part of a city-led effort to reduce private-car ownership in San Francisco.
Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, hopes its effort leads to more walking, biking and public transit use. It said one car-sharing vehicle can replace as many as 13 private vehicles… (more)
There’s no question that biking has surged in popularity in the last few years. The share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.
The rising popularity of biking has also led to a surge in the number of bike paths and bike lanes. But as demand for lanes continues to rise, the nation’s cities are beginning to see resistance grow.
Front and center in today’s bike-lane dust-ups is San Francisco… (more)
Just last month we wrote about Bay Area Transportation Mega Projects, which featured a map of massive transportation projects under or awaiting construction. Readers chimed in about projects we skipped, so we thought it best to update the map. It now includes 15 of the largest projects that will, for better or worse, change the way we travel around our beloved bay region… (more)
Take a look at the available evidence and the conclusion is inescapable: San Francisco is a city of cyclists. Or it’s not.
Really, it depends on who you ask. Consult the 2011 Census figures, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bike count, or the Mayor’s office, and you’ll find that the city hosts a 14,862-strong legion, a slightly diminished 10,139 riders, or a mere 8,314 grease-stained fanatics. So we can be absolutely certain that the formidable army, respectable showing, or irrelevant minority that is the San Francisco biking community has an indisputably beneficial, disastrous, or totally inconsequential impact on the city. In other words, when it comes to basic data about cycling, we still have a long way to go… (more)
On Thursday, May 16th, 2013, the Commission will consider: the re-adoption of the General Plan Amendments regarding the Bike Plan; and the adoption of the proposed bicycle parking requirements in the Planning Code.
If approved by the Commission, both proposals would be forwarded to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for final approvals.
The Planning Department invites you to attend this hearing to express your thoughts about bicycle parking. The case report for this hearing, including the complete proposed ordinances can be downloaded from the Planning Commission’s webpage on: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3470#documents