What SF residents and visitors need is an app to let them know when a parking space is legal, how much it will cost, and what the time limit is so they can park in it without receiving a ticket. The rules are so confusing, and change so often that drivers are nervous about parking in legal spots now.
Drivers need some way of notifying authorities about confusing and dangerous signage, such as the green turn signal on 16th street that now accompanies a double red light at the railroad crossing. Prior to installation of this green turn signal, cars knew to stop behind the railroad crossing. Now they are so confused some stop on the tracks waiting to take the right on red. Who thought this one up?
Bicyclists are confused by the new sings that appear to encourage them ride on the streets with the cars on some streets while directing them onto separate lanes on others. We could use an app, or some way to complain about these confusing mishaps that SFMTA is creating.
The Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee will review and make recommendations regarding on-street accessible parking policies, including those governing disabled placards and blue zones. These issues affect access and mobility for people with disabilities in San Francisco, whether they travel by car, paratransit, or public transit… Public attendance: Meetings will be open to the public. To ensure that the committee has sufficient time to achieve its goals, there will be no public comment during the meetings. The public will have a chance to provide spoken comments at a later date, and can email comments to accessibleparking@SFMTA.com at any time. This committee is considered a “passive meeting body” per the Sunshine Ordinance section 67.4… Schedule of meetings through March 2013… (more)
The political protection nonsense on part of the California Public Utilities Commission is chilling and disgusting. If you recall, the CPUC issued creepy cease-and-desist orders to both Lyft and SideCar, making inane claims regarding both companies not having official carrier permits. However, said companies do not need such permits since the fares are “suggested donations.” So ha. (Uber also had a similar cease-and-desist order placed against it, which has yet to hurt the noted town car service. So double ha, PUC).
Anyway, why don’t you tell the PUC how you feel by signing this petition. San Francisco’s (intentional) cab shortage issue has had a stronghold on the city for years. And car-sharing services have been a breath of minty fresh air. Neither the PUC nor the SFMTA (who will launch its own investigation into the companies, because cabbies are peeved) will take it away from us…
Anyway, why don’t you tell the PUC how you feel by signing this petition. San Francisco’s (intentional) cab shortage issue has had a stranglehold on the city for years. And car-sharing services have been a breath of minty fresh air. Neither the PUC nor the SFMTA (who will launch its own investigation into the companies, because cabbies are peeved) will take it away from us… (more)
How did the PUC get involved? This controversial issue is just heating up. We take no position. The media has widely covered these ride-shares, and the new private parking rentals that are springing up all over town. The PUC stance agaisnt ride-shares will lead to more confusion.
Where is the SFMTA in all of this. They seem all too ready to kill off traditional taxi business by making it too difficult to earn a decent living. Do they also want to kill off all the jobs being generated by ride-shares?
What of the Mayor’s support for info tech? How many ways can you pay the meter, keep track of your hours, hail a cab, or ride-share, or pay your SFMTA ticket? (Is anybody track of the number of apps or who is financing them?) Each ride-share business supports some high tech jobs. Should we throw those out too?
Maybe the SF Bicycle Coalition should offer a bike rider service to take up the slack. Bikers could tote families around on their handlebars they way they do in Amsterdam. Or we could replace the motorized taxis with horse-drawn carriages. More work for people in the street cleaning business. Streets need to remain clear and safe for the self-driving cars.