Second thoughts on giving up parking? – excerpt

The North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, has recently submitted over 300 signatures for a petition to establish a new Residential Parking Permit Zone (EE) in the neighborhood.  This petition was the result of a number of drivers (no pun intended):

  • The loss of parking due to the recent safety upgrades on Fell and Oak
  • The potential loss of parking from future safety upgrades and traffic calming on Masonic
  • The increase in number of RV-type vehicles parking for extended periods along the panhandle, with the appearance of people living in them
  • The increasingly difficulty residents have expressed in looking for parking close to their residences
  • Petition for residents(more)

Looks like some of the folks who wanted bike lanes on Fell and Oak are having trouble parking their cars now. Wait till they get the bike lanes on Masonic and the Target opens.

Save Parking on Polk – two more petitions

The SFTMA has proposed to remove 50% of the parking from McAllister to California Street, which includes the 1400 block of Polk. They want to put in a raised bike lane on one side of the street.  Please sign and pass on to any interested parties.
SFMTA recently relented on some bike lanes but are threatening the merchants and residents with installing tow signs on the East side of Polk during morning “rush hour”. Merchants have written petitions against this in the shops.
Lots to object to here. The raised bike lanes do nothing to make anyone safer and could cause more accidents. Eliminating parking from a crowded street will kill businesses that are struggling now.

Why is SFMTA eliminating parking on streets where parking meters are generating income? 

SFMTA pushes for revised Polk Street renovation

by John Zipperer : marinatimes – excerpt

Following an at-times contentious round of back-and-forth with community groups regarding a planned remake of Polk Street’s traffic and parking design, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has issued revised proposals for the redo of the busy street and is looking forward to an early fall demonstration project.
“The thing we had to work hardest on Polk Street was to meet [the] need for everyone to be heard and to be valued,” said Seleta Reynolds, who leads the SFMTA’s policy analysis and innovation team, whose work includes the Polk Street project. “I feel that is what we missed at the beginning of the work.”…
After (the) group digests the results of the survey in June, it will wrap up some feasibility and technical analysis, and then move to make a recommendation. That will require four to six months to get environmental clearance before it goes to SFMTA’s board, which could take place by late fall. At that time, people will have a final chance to weigh in with their opinions at the public meeting before the board. If approved, the plan will go into full design work by the engineers.
Before that, however, Reynolds hopes to conduct a demonstration of the project on a short portion of Polk in September or October 2013. For information on the project and to give input on the demonstration, Reynolds invited Polk residents to give their thoughts to the agency’s Darcie Lim at… (more)

Mission’s People-Friendly Block on Bartlett Faces Fire Code, Parking Hurdles

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

One day each week, the block of Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd Streets bustles for a few hours when it’s transformed into the Mission Community Market. On all the other days, however, it mostly serves as a parking lot.
The Planning Department and organizers from the Community Market held a packed public meeting yesterday to start off the design process for the Mercado Plaza project, which would include greenery and physical traffic calming improvements to make the block a more inviting place to be at all hours…
Narrowing the wide roadway on the one-way street is key to the expansion of public space and the traffic calming effect planners hope to achieve… (how can you claim you need street calming when there is NO TRAFFIC?)…
With a new package of proposed legislation, Supervisor Scott Wiener hopes to cut through some of the bureaucratic red tape that hinders pedestrian safety improvements…
Patrick Siegman, (a principal at the transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard, who was consulted in drafting Wiener’s legislation), said the state-adopted fire codes are crafted by the International Code Council, a Texas-based nonprofit. The regulations do allow for local municipalities to determine what counts as unobstructed roadway, and they don’t apply retroactively to streets that are narrower than 20 feet, he said. Requests for comment from SF Fire Marshal Thomas Harvey weren’t returned...
The project will be funded by $1.6 million in Prop B bond funds and the developers of the nearby New Mission Theatre project. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2014.
(How much will the New Mission Theatre project cover and will this come out of Muni transit fees? See the $510,000 transfer details on the Dolores Street project?)


Accoriding to this article, Nelson/Nygaard is involved in the Mercado Plaza project and Wiener’s  legislative efforts to push it through by altering, or bypassing fire and safety standards. And how much will the taxpayers will pay the consultants.

According to the SF Guardian’s, “Planning for Displacement”, ABAG anticipates around 2/3rds of the citizens currently living in SF will have to leave “the area” to make room for the all new high tech millionaires moving into to the new infill projects they claim will make the air cleaner and more bicycle friendly. For whom? When should “displaced” speak up and demand a voice? Today they want you to give up your parking space, next it will be your car, and then they will evict you or foreclose so they can take your home. When should we start complaining?

Small Business Commission Hearing

Small Business Commission hears complaints from Small Business Owners and Advocates April 22, 2013 meeting. Commissioners are all sympathetic the need for more parking for businesses.  Video link to that hearing: (starts around item 7)

Notes on Commissioners’ comments at the hearing:

  • Lack of notice, outreach, and communication during the whole planning process is a major source of problems.
  • Would like to see a representative from the Small Business community on the MTA board.
  • They encourage the merchants associations to continue what they are doing in demanding consideration from the MTA.
  • Due Process important.
  • There appears to have been no real time studies or consideration for business operations in the areas that they are eliminating and limiting parking.
  • Effects of smaller projects on larger areas need to be taken into consideration during construction and after.
  • A pave it and paint it plan would solve many problems. It would allow for faster, cheaper and easier changes as the traffic patterns shift and needs change.  (i.e. the 17th street burp)
  • Most of the issues between traffic and cycles could be solved by paving the streets and fixing the dangerous potholes and other obstacles that cause erratic lane changes for all vehicles. Smoother streets and easily read signs would help the safe flow of traffic and the costs would be a lot lower.
  • Parking removal and lack of parking seems to be the major problem for everyone. We need to re-visit the policies that are driving these programs.
  • We must change the attitude that we are not building any more parking. We have got to change this attitude. We need parking as well as bike lanes. We are the tax payers.
  • We must realistically provide for the visitors and commuters who cannot take public transit into the city.
  • Mayor’s task force wants to do twice as much as it can afford. Why not do less at half the costs?
  • Blind loyalty to ideology, at the expense of the whole community is not the answer.
  • People are already avoiding certain neighborhoods due to parking difficulties.
  • Where did the anti parking attitude come from?

Car-share parking coming curbside

By Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Hundreds of on-street parking spaces will be set aside for car-sharing vehicles this fall as part of a city-led effort to reduce private-car ownership in San Francisco.
Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, hopes its effort leads to more walking, biking and public transit use. It said one car-sharing vehicle can replace as many as 13 private vehicles…  (more)

If you disagree with this program of eliminating parking spots let your Supervisors know. and sign the Stop SFMTA petition:

Pier 48 parking lot: San Francisco’s next big event venue?

With plans for a new neighborhood and a major retailer recently staking claim, the Giants are helping shape San Francisco’s Pier 38 into one of the waterfront’s biggest revitalization projects.
As part of the Giant’s Mission Rock Development — San Francisco’s newest proposed neighborhood — Anchor Brewing & Distilling Co. recently said it would open its seventh brewery in the city on the pier. But since construction will not begin until 2014 and other developments are still years away, the Giants have figured out another use for the space — events… (more)