Follow-up to the NE Mission / SFMTA March 21 Meeting: Videos on YouTube

Videos on YouTube

Supervisor Campos made comments on the SFMTA plan before and after the presentation and comments by neighbors. Most people found the studies were lacking in accuracy and called for a better survey of the neighborhood before enacting any changes in the area. David agreed with residents and business owners that even though many changes to the original plan, such as allowing RPP for residents and Preferential Parking Permits for PDRs, are an improvement, the plan is flawed. He concluded by saying that there is no reason to implement any changes until a reasonable approach is found and the details worked out.
The growing trend toward emptying and eliminating public parking garages and parking lots was mentioned at the meeting. There are a couple in the area and a number have been spotted in Mission Bay. Residents on Polk Street and Valencia are also complaining about the rush to eliminate parking spots. Why is the SFMTA spending any time and energy eliminating pubic parking for Muni customers, while cutting back on Muni service? How does eliminating parking options benefit Muni riders?
There is a disconnect in the congested parking theory and the reality of the parking habits of human beings. Why is SFMTA is continuing to sign contracts to expand the program in spite of the lack of evidence or data from the initial tests?
Father of the congestion theory, Dr. Shoup admits his theories are unproven.
He is quoted as saying, If it works, it will make San Francisco an even better place to live and do business and visit. It will just be yet another feather in the cap of San Francisco. And if it doesn’t work, they can blame it all on a professor from Los Angeles… (more)

Santa Monica fired Nelson/Nygaard consultant, Jeff Tumlin, and now the Planning Commission may shelf their radical parking proposals which have “upset and enraged” residents… (more)

If Santa Monica can take back their streets, we can too.

The Science of Parking

Host: Michael Krasny, of KQED Radio(archived program)
Guests: Donald Shoup, fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, professor of urban planning at UCLA and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking”
Jay Primus, program manager of SFpark, a project of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

“Would you be willing to pay more at parking meters if it meant you’d be more likely to find an open spot? As part of a pilot project, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has distributed smart parking meters throughout the city that can track where parking is densest and set rates accordingly. The goal is to keep one parking spot open on each block. We discuss the impact of the program so far.”