S.F.’s parklets program learns from failure, moves ahead

By : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

On Haight Street, two new parking spaces where a parklet was recently removed highlight the growing pains of a popular open-space program and what The City can learn from the failure.
In July, a parklet outside of Martin Macks bar in the Upper Haight was the first to be removed after nearly a year of controversy, and Planning Department officials running the program have learned from this incident and others that have cropped up around The City.
San Francisco pioneered parklets, starting in 2009 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom asked the Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Planning Department to come up with a “temporary urbanism program.” The concept the agencies came up with allows businesses, nonprofits and property owners to apply for permits to convert adjacent on-street parking into open spaces that are open and accessible, though also removable… (more)

SFMTA Looks to Tame Sixth Street With Road Diet, Temporary Parklet

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Sixth Street, which has one of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries in the city, could receive a road diet after the SFMTA analyzes the impacts of removing two of its four traffic lanes to improve safety.
In the meantime, the agency is planning a pilot project this fall on the street’s northern end at Market Street, likely in the form of a parklet-style installation in the parking lanes, to test out “gateway” treatments to signal freeway-bound drivers to slow down… (more)

Who thinks a road diet, wider sidewalks and parklets will make Sixth Street safe?

The 2012 SF Streetsies, Part 1

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt

Here we present Streetsblog SF’s first annual Streetsie Awards to recognize the highlights of 2012. In case you missed it, check out the voting results from last week’s polls in the reader’s choice categories…
Following close behind in the “best story” category were Chinatown’s successful week without car parking and San Franciscans’ embrace of parklets as an institution in the city’s urban fabric. Both stories helped debunk — yet again — the myth that re-purposing car parking space for other uses will hurt businesses… (more)

Enough backslapping. Time for people who feel differently to speak up. Let your Supervisor know how YOU feel about  parklets and how your business is faring after restrictive parking policies were implemented in your neighborhood.

Big Surprise: Not Everyone a Fan of Parklet’s Growing Popularity

by Sally Kuchar : SFCurbed – excerpt

Parklets, parking spots that are turned into public parks by private citizens or businesses, is a San Francisco speciality that’s not going away any time soon. There are currently 33 parklets you can visit in the city, and 15 more are in the design process. There’s also a really long waiting list for folks wanting to get in on the action. Sounds great, right? Turning a parking spot into a public park. Maybe not, says KTVU. The local news station reports that some drivers aren’t stoked about the lack of parking in dense areas like the Mission. Some drivers (all who were quoted were not San Francisco residents) said that the city should limit the growth of the program….
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FMTA is hardly going to discourage a highly profitable venture such as selling off parking spaces, but, customers who disapprove can show their displeasure by spending their money elsewhere.

Parklet program’s popularity causes some backlash amongst drivers

ktvu.com – excerpt

The conversion of parking spaces into tiny parks or parklets is exploding all over the streets of San Francisco, but not everyone is happy.
Since the city rolled out the parklet program in 2009, demand has spiked. There are currently 33 parklets with another 15 in the design process — and the waiting list is long.
Many drivers aren’t as revved up about the parklets’ proliferation, especially in areas such as the Mission District where finding a parking spot requires more than just luck…
“It’s real hard to find a place (to park),” said Erfert Fenton, a driver from San Jose. “I was just joking to my buddy here that we could sell this one when we pull out in the evening here.” …

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Chicago’s Andersonville Neighborhood Could Be Home To City’s Parklet Pilot Program (VIDEO)


Don’t believe everything you hear about the glowing reception SFMTA and SFPark programs are getting in San Francisco. SFMTA is managing to infuriate almost everyone without pleasing anyone.

Drivers are ready to revolt against the draconian steps SFMTA has taken to control city streets through programs that eliminate parking spaces, rearrange traffic flows, demand more money for parking fines and fees, and confuse the public with nonsensical regulations and conflicting signs.

Muni riders are way past tired of the long unpredictable waits between buses. They hate the new “improved” shelters that leak rain and wind, and are not impressed by the seemingly endless excuses coming from the new high tech Muni run by SFMTA.

Their latest trick of re-arranging some streets with bicycle paths next to the curb and cars parked between the bicycle paths and the flowing traffic has bicyclists seeing red. You need an SFMTA private tour guide to figure it out how to drive down each street. You are really in trouble in the rain or fog.

Worst of all are the priorities. Muni is broke while SFMTA spends millions of dollars re-designing traffic flows to calm traffic that no one else can see, and painting bicycles all over the streets with white paint that doesn’t stick to the pavement.

The trick of selling parklets is part of the game they play to eliminate street parking spaces, so they can charge more for parking

Just say no to parklets. ENUF already. See sfenuf.org
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