CA: SFMTA Unveils Bay Area Bike Share and Announces Open House

masstransitmag.com – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, today announced that the first phase of the regional bicycle sharing program, led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and scheduled to launch this summer in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose, will be named “Bay Area Bike Share.”… (more)

SFMTA hands more programs to cyclists while threatening disabled drivers with loss of free parking.

Ever wonder how efficient the Muni might be if the SFMTA directors spent NO TIME helping cyclists and ALL THEIR TIME on fixing the problems plaguing Muni?

New information on just how much the SFMTA is giving the SF Bicycle Coalition while begging for money to fix Muni has just surfaced – We have information that the SFMTA handed the SF Bicycle Coalition a $500k grant to take public comment on the Bike Plan update of 2009.

“After several months of “public process,” the list of projects coming out was the same as going in.”

 

How does the SFMTA explain approving handing out grants when they need the money to run Muni? They just raised fast pass fees $2.00 a month.

And why is the media not covering this story?

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Drivers with disabled placards may have to pay at meters in SF

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Under a new proposal backed by city leaders, motorists with disabled placards would have to pay for parking and be subject to time limits at meters.
Drivers with a blue placard can park for free at any space in The City and they are not subject to any time limits.
But  since 2001 there has been a 100 percent increase of the placards in the Bay Area, leading some disabled advocates to question whether the permits are being abused. Every year, about 1,800 placards are confiscated in The City for fraudulent use, but permits continue to be issued out…
Several of the proposals, like paid parking and time-limit restrictions, would require approval from the Legislaton… (more)

This is good. Now the SFMTA is going to pick on disabled people. Yes, there is abuse, but, check out all the MTA permit placards and the MTA white zones around the city. There are at least as many of them. Anybody think the MTA should give up MTA parking placards and white zones?