Environmentalists question the wisdom of this state legislation

What do you think of giving particular vehicles, powered by electric batteries, special rights to to park on city streets, eliminating more spaces for non-electric vehicles ?
We are all for cleaning the air, but there isa state bill that is being discussed in committee to reserve on-street space for electric vehicles only.  If if passes SFMTA will be forced to comply with or amend their current ordinances to implement that. How will this affect the community? Does this discriminate agaisnt certain classes of people who can’t afford the luxury of buying an “electric vehicle”?  Will that also hurt more families and push them out of the city?  What percentage of the SF residents own “electric vehicles”?  What will be the impact should this state legislation pass and SFMTA adopt it? It’s OK for people who have OFF-street parking but what about those who cannot afford garage fees?
The gasoline powered vehicles will run out of parking spots even faster. Consider how this will effect the additional thousands of housing units that the city has agreed to take on as part of the (RHNA = Regional Housing Needs Allocation) and you can see a real mess brewing.
This is meant to incentivize owners of gasoline powered vehicles to junk their cars and buy electric vehicles, but should this legislation pass, how many “electric vehicle”
spots will eat up the standard on-street parking spots. All very interesting when one looks at the many bills are being contemplated at the state level including some questionable CEQA reform bills — some nasty stuff there as well.

– Sent from a concerned environmentalist working on the SF CEQA legislation

An act to amend Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
AB 1158, as introduced, by Assembly Member Waldron – Vehicles: on-street parking for electric vehicles.
Existing law authorizes local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding specified matters, including, among other things, regulating or authorizing the removal by peace officers of vehicles unlawfully parked in a fire lane
or on private property. This bill would expressly authorize local authorities to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Bill Text: The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 21100 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
21100. Local authorities may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution regarding all of the following matters: (q) Designating and enforcing on-street parking spaces for electric vehicles.

Comments welcome, especially from people who know the science behind the issues.

MTA report/survey on Polk St.

http://www.sfmta.com/cms/opolk/documents/PolkIntereptSurveyFindings.pdf
MTA did a survery on how respondents got to Polk St:
410 people were surveyed in 42 hours.
56% of the people surveyed live in the Polk St. area.
Asked how they got to Polk Street.
5% by bicycle
15% by car
17% by transit
58% by foot

Small Business Commissioner: San Francisco Needs More Parking Garages

by Aaron Bialick : SF.Streetsblog – excerpt

As has become painfully apparent on Polk Street, there is a deeply-held belief among certain merchants that car parking is indispensable to their business — even if studies indicate that very few of their customers drive, and that removing parking spaces to implement safety improvements could actually draw more potential customers.

SF Small Business commissioner and former president Luke O’Brien. Image: SFGovTV

So it’s no surprise that when SFMTA officials came to the SF Small Business Commission to discuss its goals to make streets safer and manage parking demand, preserving parking spaces was pretty much the only priority voiced by commissioners… (more)