Some Tips to Help SF Weekly Get Over the Free Parking Obsession

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt

The folks at SF Weekly seem really upset about the end of free car parking on Sundays. The shock is apparently severe enough that Erin Sherbert put up a post yesterday directing readers to sign the petition demanding an absolute end to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s expansion of parking meters, launched by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF). (Just a reminder: ENUF’s spokesperson won a Streetsie Award this year for “most absurd argument against SFPark meters.”)
Signing on the to ENUF petition, Sherbert wrote, is car owners’ last stand against “the new oppressive parking rules.”…  (more)

Give to Streetsblog SF and You Could Win a New Bike

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt

…Streetsblog SF is here to hold officials accountable for decisions that affect our streets and transit system, and to highlight how the city can get things right. When the Board of Supervisors caves on sensible reforms for funding Muni, or the District Attorney makes a blatantly false claim blaming victims of traffic violence, we’re there to spotlight it. And when the SFMTA rolls out infrastructure that makes it safer and easier to get around by biking or walking, we get the word out and show how better streets improve San Franciscans’ quality of life….
In the year ahead, increasing numbers of San Franciscans will discover the benefits of protected bike lanes, and they’ll want more. Some Muni lines will see improvements, but the pace of change has to be quicker to make a difference for most residents. The need for complete streets and effective transit will be as great as ever. We’ll be on a mission to ensure that people-first transportation policies keep moving forward, and we need your continued support to do it…
So far this fall Streetsblog has raised $35,000 from our annual benefit, and we’re counting on our readers to help us reach our fundraising goal of $60,000 for 2012… (more)

Do we need a car club to protect our rights as drivers?

Livable City: Extra Parking for Car-Share Could Be Abused

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Developers would be allowed to skirt limits on car parking if they devote the extra spaces to car-sharing, under a proposal approved unanimously by the SF Planning Commission yesterday. The bill [PDF], which advocates warn could be abused as a loophole to expand private parking, would apply to residential and commercial buildings. The legislation must still be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Under the proposal, developers who want to build the maximum number of private parking spots permitted by the planning code but aren’t willing to devote any of those spots to car-share would be allowed to add up to five extra car-share spots in a building of 50 residential units or less. For buildings larger than that, up to eight could be added. To be eligible for the exemption, a developer cannot apply for a conditional use permit to exceed the maximum allowance for private parking, according to Andres Power, an aide to Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the proposal.
Advocates say that letting developers exceed parking maximums undermines the purported spirit of the bill. “Car-share is meant to reduce demand for residential parking, so car-share spaces ought not be over and above the maximum number of residential spaces,” said Livable City Executive Director Tom Radulovich. “Using car-share to justify excess parking is cynical greenwash, and nothing more.”… (more)