SFMTA considering dramatic changes to parking

By Lauren Martinez : abc7news – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Parking in San Francisco is getting more and more competitive.

On Tuesday, the SFTMA will receive a report on proposed changes that will hopefully make San Francisco’s limited space, less congested.

Titled “Curb Management Strategy,” the SFMTA lays out how they will manage and allocate the city’s limited curb space. It explores how the transportation landscape in San Francisco has dramatically changed in the last 10 years…

Ride-sharing vehicles, electric scooters and on-demand food delivery services are now competing for space on city curb-sides.

Some of the highlights include:

More parking for motorcycles. Special parking for electric scooters. Extending hours on all meters and ending Sunday free parking. Increase and streamline ‘geofencing for TNC’s’ (Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft.) That would mean designating pickup/drop off locations like the ones already in place at SFO. Creating a four-hour time limit on broken meters, which are 20% of the meters in the city on any given day.
To enforce these changes, the SFMTA is proposing using cameras on buses to ticket for double parking. They would use fixed cameras, similar to cameras at red lights, that would ticket those for illegal stopping or parking… (more)

Some of these would require state permission.

Proposed California law aims to close car break-in ‘loophole’

By Karma Dickerson : fox40 – excerpt (includes video)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Across California, more and more people are coming to their cars to find someone has forced their way in and taken their belongings. Almost everyone has a car break-in story to tell.

Many people FOX40 spoke with were surprised to learn that finding the thieves isn’t the only challenge for authorities — holding them accountable in court isn’t is as straight forward as many might think.

When it comes to stealing from cars, California law defines burglary as entering a vehicle “when the doors are locked.”…

“We have to prove the vehicle is locked to make it a felony,” Ronald Lawrence, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, told FOX40…

Assembly Bill 1921 would create a new law that simply makes forcibly entering a vehicle to steal a crime…(more)

SFMTA introduces new curb management strategy

masstransitmag – excerpt

The strategy is a framework to guide decisions regarding curb access across the city.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has developed a citywide Curb Management Strategy, which serves as a policy document guiding the agency’s policies towards the curb across its divisions and recommends specific changes to state and local legislation, along with internal policies and processes…

At the core of the strategy is a framework to guide decisions around the curb across the city, recognizing that different neighborhoods have different needs. For example, the need for goods loading is much higher downtown and on neighborhood commercial corridors than in residential areas. However, throughout the city, the need for safe access to the sidewalk from a bus or a train takes precedence over parking…

The Curb Management Strategy will help the SFMTA think holistically and proactively about this important and limited resource, according to the agency. By making these strides, SFMTA says it can ensure the curb supports the city’s wider goals of Transit First, Vision Zero, the Climate Action Strategy and business vitality… (more)

When did the rights of the public take a backseat to the parking needs of disruptive businesses like Uber, Lyft, pop-up kitchens, offices, parklets and other special interests private enterprises?

Who decided non-rent paying businesses should take curb spaces away form traditional rent-paying retail businesses, shutting down many and turning our retail corridors into ghost towns.

Why are pop-up kitchens and other disruptors allowed to rent parking spaces while people sleeping in RVs and cars to avoid long commutes to work pushed off the street?

If the city can rent out space to pop-up kitchens, they should rent out space to pop-up living spaces to people sleeping in RVs and cars. For all we know people amy be sleeping in the pop-up kitchens to avoid long commutes to work. A while ago we heard of pop-up brothels and witnessed a pop-up hot-tub on Braynt St. with a propane tank attached.

How safe and clean are these pop-ups and how do they hookup to utilities? Why can’t the vehicle dwellers be given the same rights as these pop-up businesses?