SFMTA Continues to Examine Parking Management Strategies

By Keith Burbank : Potreroview.net – excerpt

November 2012

Roughly a year ago, in the face of a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) plan to erect high-tech parking meters throughout parts of Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Mission, residents formed the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF). Since then, SFMTA hasn’t progressed with outreach to the 17th and Folsom area – which is targeted for meters – as called for by ENUF, and originally scheduled to be launched in September. “We have not begun the outreach for this area,” SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose said. “We just finalized a document that put all existing policies on paper, so when we do start outreach, we will be able to all start from the same place.”
According to Rose, while SFMTA hasn’t set a date to start its outreach, once the effort begins the agency will work with residents who’ve been gathering information about neighborhood parking needs. “That will be part of the outreach that will precede any work to be done regarding parking in this area,” Rose said.
Under SFMTA’s recently adopted “Policies for On-Street Parking Management,” “…blockfaces” – the side of a City block between two intersections –“that contain only single family homes are…considered inappropriate for metering…A mixed use block is defined as a block containing both commercial and residential uses…the policy for mixed use areas is to use parking meters…As a separate policy proposal, SFMTA will consider reform of the Residential Parking Permit program to better reflect the needs of residents with and without vehicles, as well as the needs of the transit system as a whole…” SFMTA may develop a proposal to revise the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program after it obtains community feedback...
In a press release issued last summer, ENUF called for a moratorium on parking meter installation. “We believe a moratorium on installing parking meters and rearranging traffic flows should be put in place, while the SFMTA focuses on solving MUNI’s problems…” ENUF has gathered more than 529 signatures supporting the moratorium, according to spokeswoman Mari Eliza. ENUF is also collecting surveys from residents on their parking needs, with half of the completed surveys from Potrero Hill residents… (more)

(signatures added on a daily basis)
Get ready to give feedback at the next SFMTA meeting which is tentatively scheduled for November 28 or 29.

ConsumerWatch: Persistence May Pay Off When Appealing Parking Tickets

By Julie Watts : sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com  – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Getting a parking ticket is a pain, but what if persistence helped you get out of it?  Turns out, in some communities in the Bay Area, appealing a citation repeatedly makes all the difference…
None of this alleviates confusion on the streets where drivers often do not know whether a parking spot is legal or not.
“I looked all over to see if there was any sign,” says Justin Kinsinger who got a ticket for one hundred dollars in a spot he thought was legal. Kinsinger had missed a recently installed street sign that was obscured by a tree. “I don’t know how I missed that sign.”
Even a San Francisco parking enforcement officer was at first confused, telling a CBS 5 producer that people could park drivers could park at one particular spot, but then reevaluated: “No. because there is another sign up there. That is why you have to be careful about every sign.”
A common problem says David LaBua, author of the “The Sweet Spot,” a short book on how to find parking in San Francisco. “What I am noticing lately that you have to afraid of the meter person not knowing the rules and giving you an erroneous ticket.” … (more)

New Development Eradicating Mission Parking

By Talal Ansari : missionlocal.org – excerpt

Half of the parking lot on 17th and Folsom Streets will become a 32,000 square-foot park with construction beginning in the summer of 2013….
Lack of parking is a leading gripe for San Franciscans, who live in a heavily commuted city with more than half as many registered vehicles as residents.
The Mission District is no exception, and the opening of such large-capacity venues in the neighborhood as Preservation Hall West and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema means that the tedious routine of circling the block looking for an open parking spot is here to stay.
The conversion of a parking lot at 17th and Folsom Streets into a park highlights the need to balance adequate parking in the Mission with the desire for meaningful community space…
In 2010 San Francisco became the first city in the nation to conduct an extensive citywide parking census of its parking supply. According to the census, San Francisco has over 280,000 metered and unmetered on-street parking spaces available and approximately 160,000 off-street spaces, including free, paid, customer-only and permitted parking spaces… (more)

If you don’t like the way things are it is time to write your Supervisors and the Mayor and let them know.