For neighborly harmony, curb the parking app

By Caille Millner : sfgate – excerpt

All of this is just to say I have a deep understanding of the difficulties of street parking in San Francisco, particularly in neighborhoods where it can make or break your daily life.

Yet I have deep feelings of conflict about the new “sharing economy” apps being proposed by startups like Sweetch that would charge users for the privilege of being alerted to the existence of an open parking spot…

Did anyone consider the, um, antisocial aspects of an app like this? If someone gets alerted to a parking spot just as an innocent driver spots it and pulls in, then what? Will there be a refund or a fight?

There’s the argument that this is yet another attempt to make private profits off of public space.

Then there’s a less obvious but more important reason. By asking people to pay money for something that used to be free, yet scarce – an empty street parking spot – Sweetch is building yet another inequity into a city that’s currently exploding with inequalities of all kinds… (more)

Thank you for voicing a number of facts and feelings most of us share about the “sharing economy.” It is a misnomer to call it sharing. When money is involved in a transaction it is a commercial transaction. Sharing involves no exchange in funds. We agree with you that the streets are public property and object to the privatization an commercialization of public properties.

To this end a broad spectrum of San Franciscans who use our streets and sidewalks has joined to write a new Declaration of Policy which we hope to get on the November ballot so the voters can voice their opinions on the current anti-parking programs that are eliminating parking and causing traffic congestion, while claiming to solve our problems.

If you feel we need a new approach to parking and traffic management, we suggest you support our efforts to Restore Transportation Balance. By signing the petition to get this on the ballot you will be speaking out against the forces that are eliminating parking and causing the problems. We agree with you that the streets are public property and object to the privatization and commercialization of such.

Sunday Meter Repeal Needs No CEQA Review, Say SFMTA and Planning Dept.

by : sfstreetsblog -excerpt

An appeal claiming that the repeal of Sunday parking meters is an action that requires environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act is baseless, according to responses issued by the SFMTA and Planning Department this week.

The appeal, filed by Livable City and the SF Transit Riders Union, is set for a hearing and vote at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board will not vote not on the merits of running parking meters on Sundays. Instead, the board will vote on whether CEQA would require an environmental impact report for the SFMTA’s new budget, which directs the agency to stop charging for meters on Sundays. The supervisors’ decision is expected to be largely informed by the recommendations of the SFMTA and the Planning Department… (more)


Are SFMTA’s Proposed Shuttle Stops Enough to End Muni Conflicts?

by : sfstreetsblog – excerpt

The SFMTA has released a proposed map of Muni stops where commuter shuttles would be permitted to load passengers, part of the agency’s 18-month pilot program to test private-bus regulation. Shuttles currently use many of these stops, and the resulting conflicts between shuttles and Muni buses has led to transit delays. SFMTA says it hopes to reduce bus conflicts by replacing car parking with new loading zones, marked with white curbs, where shuttles can load passengers out of Muni’s way.

With the vast majority of SF’s curb space devoted to storing private automobiles, hiving off a sliver of that space to make room for both public and private transit to co-exist shouldn’t make a huge difference. But, of the roughly 80 shared stops proposed on the map, just nine have white zones. Four of those would ban parking during morning peak hours, and five would during both morning and evening peak hours. A handful of bus stop zones would also be extended… (more)

One more excuse to eliminate parking for cars by the anti-car gang that runs the SFMTA.