San Francisco to start ticketing for expired Sunday parking meters

By: Will Reisman : San Francisco Examiner – (more)

After a three-week amnesty period, motorists will have to feed their meters starting this Sunday or face the consequences of a parking ticket.
Technically, The City began enforcing parking meters on Sundays on Jan. 6. However, motorists were given a reprieve from tickets for the first three weeks while adapting to the new rules. On Sunday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, will begin issuing tickets to motorists who overstay their meters… (See the link to The Loophole That Will Get You a $72 Refund from SFMTA on 7X7 to contest any tickets you recieved prior to this date.)
The initiative, which aimed to update San Francisco’s antiquated parking rules, is expected to generate an extra $1.9 million in revenue for the transit agency… (more)

Note that revenue figure is now back to $1.9 million. So far it has fluctuated between 1.7 and 2 million in the last week.

If you think the SFMTA is an out of control train wreck, sign the petition and tell your Supervisor. We just hit 1500 signatures this week.

Why One San Francisco Bike Lane Design Is Upsetting Drivers and Cyclists (AUDIO)

By Julie Caine : – excerpt

A prominent bike lane in San Francisco may be suffering because of its unique design. The ambitious, and expensive, bike lane striping of Golden Gate Park stands out from the other projects of San Francisco’s bike plan for the criticism it draws from cyclists and drivers alike.
“I think it’s one of the dumbest things I ever saw that they put these stripes down here,” says driver Jimmy Harris of the lanes,…
It cost at least $425,000 to lay the stripes down – and the MTA estimates more than that to plan it all out.
So, what do the people who travel along JFK think about the new configuration?…
The people who most advocated for – and implemented – the striping of Golden Gate Park are examining the effects. The SF Bike Coalition has a webpage devoted to the “JFK Separated Bikeway Project.”…
The page addresses some of the problems: cars that aren’t parked where they’re supposed to be; people crossing the bikeway without looking. SFMTA has a page called the JFK Cycletrack. It includes a survey in which people can share their thoughts about what they like and don’t like… (more)

Looks like SFMTA will have to step up their PR campaign in order to avoid losing any more face with the professional transportation industry. We hear SF has the third worst run municipal transportation system in the US, slightly better than LA and Honolulu. If they want to be a world class city destination, it may be time to hire a world class transit manager who takes Muni, not a bicycle, to work.