Bay Area planning officials say efforts to encourage dense development will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
But what they rarely mention publicly is that their goal, a 15 percent per capita reduction of carbon dioxide from cars and light trucks by 2035, actually represents an overall emissions increase.
Essentially, it’s a math trick: The per capita figure hides a predicted regional population growth of 28 percent. That means total passenger vehicle emissions regionwide would actually rise by 9.1 percent — an indication that regional planning is not helping California’s efforts to become a model in combating climate change… (more)
As many as 900 on-street parking spaces in San Francisco will be reserved for car-sharing vehicles as soon as January under a two-year experiment approved Tuesday by the Municipal Transportation Agency.
The test, which aims to increase the number of people using car sharing and expand it to all neighborhoods of the city, will set aside as many as 450 spaces for the first year of the program and up to 900 during the second. There are 281,000 on-street spaces in the city.
Car sharing is thriving in San Francisco, and rising in popularity, so the city wants to accommodate that growth by making it easier for the car sharing services to find parking spaces. Except for a small experiment involving a dozen on-street spaces sprinkled across the city, operators park their shared vehicles in city garages and lots but mainly in spaces rented from private property owners.
But in San Francisco, where parking is at a premium, taking away hundreds of parking spaces is certain to engender controversy. Each parking space converted for car share use will require neighborhood outreach, a public hearing and approval by the MTA Board of Directors.
“It will take months,” said Andy Thornley, the project manager, who said he was ready to start the bureaucratic process immediately. “Everybody feels a proprietary connection to that parking spot” in front of their home or business… (more)