OPINION: Daily commuters should get discounted campus parking permits

By Madison Rutherford : goldengatexpress – excerpt

It’s hard enough to roll out of bed to make an 8 a.m. class. For the 88 percent of SF State students who live off campus, the struggle is even more real. Many students must rely on the questionably steadfast steeds known as Muni and BART. For some, it’s a traffic-ridden car commute across the bridge. But this semester, being a student at a “commuter school” is about to get a lot more difficult.

Drivers will also be impacted because daily on-campus parking rates have increased from $6 to $7. In 2010, it only cost $5 a day to park at school.

The impending hike in parking rates and Muni fares will make it even more difficult than before to get to and from SF State. Among ever-increasing rent, tuition, health fees and overpriced books the least of a student’s worries should be affording their morning commute…

SF State faculty are given heavily discounted parking passes. Why aren’t students given the same liberties?

Daily commuters should get discounted parking permits like faculty do. We work just as hard to be here. We should be commended, not punished. If SF State is a commuter school, why doesn’t it cater to commuters?… (more)

Can the new 3-foot safety law be enforced?

 

The hope is that the Three Feet for Safety Act will make roads safer for cyclists. 

State Assm. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, knows firsthand what it’s like to be hit on a bike.

“I’ve been hit three times by motorists that never once hit the brake after knocking me off the bike,” he said.

Bradford wrote the Three Feet for Safety Act hoping to make roads safer for cyclists.

“This bill just establishes a three foot buffer,” Bradford said. “If in fact it’s not safe to pass, the driver just has to slow down to a reasonable speed and then pass when the cyclist is deemed not in danger.”

Cyclists we talked to welcome the new law.

Many drivers, on the other hand, say the new rule is virtually impossible to follow, especially on crowded streets.

Some are concerned they might get dinged for a ticket, if a cyclist veers into that buffer zone. Drivers who break the law will get a $35 ticket, and if they hit a cyclist, the fine jumps to $225.

There are no fines for cyclists who get too close to cars.

ABC7 News wanted to show why a three-foot buffer may not work in a busy city such as San Francisco. So, we rigged a car with cameras, and noted the distance with a yardstick. Then we drove around the city. It was very difficult to stay 36 inches away from a bike and remain in our lane. Under the new law, we’d have to follow behind for blocks, and that could cause some serious traffic congestion.

Then we marked busy Market Street with chalk at one-foot increments to see how hard it would be to measure three feet. But without some kind of guide, it was tough to tell just how close a cyclist got to a car. So we wondered how could police would be able to tell?… (more)

We support the emergency responders who are requesting wider lanes. You can’t make the streets more narrow and then expect a 3 foot safety zone. If you want safer streets, keep the lanes wide to allow for 3 feet between vehicles in separate lanes. We also support a more balanced transportation system and are helping gather signatures for the Restore Transportation Balance ballet initiative. http://www.restorebalance14.org/

JFK Airport has Cellphone Parking Lot

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NEW YORK— Who knew?

John F. Kennedy Airport has a designated cellphone parking lot. It’s designed to keep motorists off the shoulders of airport roadways as they wait to pick up passengers.

The Wall Street Journal ( ) reports that the free cellphone lot has 375 spaces and is close to the terminals. But it is rarely full because it isn’t well advertised.

The lot was created in 2007 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Police say they encourage drivers to use the lot whenever they find them illegally idling along the roadways where they wait for passengers to call and say they’re ready to be picked up.

LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports are among a handful of airports around the country that don’t have cellphone lots… (more)

LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports are among a handful of airports around the country that don’t have cellphone lots…  You can add San Francisco to that list. As much as we claim to be transit first and the most innovative  city, San Francisco is transit last. How did we get there? They spent billions of dollars on anti-car projects instead of repairing the Muni system. Cities need real innovation, not a virtual car war. No is our chance to turn it around. Support Restore Transportation Balance in SF:

http://restorebalance14.org/

 

BREAKING NEWS: SFO has a Free Cell Phone Parking Lot. Who knew? This information needs to be shared with more people. http://www.flysfo.com/to-from/parking/cell-phone-waiting-lot