How do you get rid of cars from a major metropolitan city?
*more meters—at a higher price
*fewer legal parking spaces
*high taxes on parking lots
*more bicycle lanes to make it dangerous to drive a car (or bike) in the city
“The draft document, obtained Monday by The Chronicle and set to be considered for adoption by the agency’s governing board Sept. 18, states clearly that “parking policies are designed to encourage travel by public transit and sustainable modes of transportation.
“The SFMTA manages parking to prioritize public transit, walking, bicycling and the needs of paratransit and commercial deliveries,” it says.”
San Francisco is a city that is killing itself. The death will come suddenly and fast—then folks will understand killing of private cars killed the city.
The city, hundreds of millions in real deficit, receives $187 million in revenues from cars. The policy of San Fran is to make this ZERO…
The L.A. City Council knows our weak spot. In order to get almost anywhere in this godforsaken sprawl pit, we need to drive a car. Unless we can afford valet/a driveway, we often need to park that car on the street; and unless we’re perfect parking robots, we sometimes sprint back to our vehicles five minutes after the meter has expired or the street-sweeping window has commenced…
Despite one pending lawsuit and one already filed, construction of the Central Subway begins next week, and that is going to entail the partial closure of Columbus Avenue near Washington Square Park. That’s in addition to the section of the bottom of Stockton Street that’s already closed, and causing major bus lines like the 30 and 45 to be rerouted around Union Square, and further mucking up traffic for an already confused populace. Indeed, you need to know this city like the back of your hand AND have an up-to-date navigation system in your car shouting out directions at every turn just to get from A to B on our warren of one-way streets, especially now that you can’t even drive straight down Market legally and unharassed.
Willie Brown’s dubbed it the “Central Circus” and a “fast track to chaos” even though his man Lee and his gal pal Rose Pak remain supporters of the project. He points out that the city recently decided to change two blocks of Grant Avenue, between Bush and Geary, into a two-way street, causing many a near-miss with pedestrians who haven’t caught on.
But let’s not forget the various lane closures and utter clusterfuck surrounding the Transbay terminal construction, and we don’t even know all the detours that will entail over the next year or five…