Stop unfair residential parking removal

Fight unfair residential and school teacher parking removal of 39 spaces!!!
Unnecessary for bike safety. Seven feet of space between parked cars and Muni rails.
Teachers unable to park! Chiropractic patients unable to visit.

No more parking removals from residential parking permitted areas.
Direct cyclists to use streets without Muni rails to avoid accidents.
Residents, teachers and businesses have not been properly notified or their needs considered.

You can read more and sign the petition here

See the SFMTA presentation and excuse for their plans here
According to this graphic, they had response from 49 people. Is that out of all their outreach or just about how they traveled on 17th Street. You can get a pretty good picture of how people travel by going to the street and counting the cars turning onto the street from Church. A lot more motor vehicles than walkers or bikers will pass by. Maybe that is because they don’t stop to fill out surveys at the rate pedestrians and bikers do.

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Our suggestion is to move the bike lanes to another street without Muni rails since that is the cause of the accidents. Cyclists should not ride on rails, but, if SFMTA insists on keeping the bike lanes on 17th, they should at least allow left turns off of Church on another street. They are creating the mess as usual by directing traffic onto the street that they put the bike lanes on.

What happened to the move bike route option descried on page 9? 18th Street is a better alternative as the traffic is slower, it passes by Dolores Park and Mission High, and there are fewer businesses on 18th Street.

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Item 12: Residential Parking Permit Reform

sfmta – excerpt

12. Amending Transportation Code Division II to (1) delete the defined term for “Institution” and add “Residential Area”; (2) limit the number of parking permits that may be issued to a single address to four and eliminate the request for waiver provision; (3) revise the procedure for designating a Residential Parking Permit Area; (4) change the period for the validity of Educational Institution parking permits from certain hours of the day to hours of enforcement and limit the number of parking permits that may be issued; (5) eliminate the petition process currently required for Childcare parking permits; (6) authorize the issuance of one transferable parking permit to a resident licensed to operate a family child care home for use by a child care provider working at the home; and (7) authorize the establishment of pilot Residential Parking Permit program areas by the SFMTA Board to limit the number of parking permits to two that may be issued to a single address (with no more than one parking permit issued per licensed driver), exempt a vehicle displaying a valid parking permit from payment at on-street Parking Meters located in the Residential Parking Permit Area where designated by the SFMTA with posted signs, and exempt Health Care Worker and Childcare parking permits from the limit of two permits that can be issued to a single address.

The board voted to postpone approval of the SFMTA’s Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Evaluation & Reform Project until a later meeting. The project is a package of updates to the RPP program to balance the competing needs for curb space and better engage the public in the city’s neighborhood parking management efforts.

To be continued with greater neighborhood input we hope. Talk to your supervisor about your needs for your neighborhood.

SFMTA to Intensify Neighborhood Parking Regulations

by potreroview – excerpt

As parking pressures continue to build in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill due to increased housing density, growing commuter traffic, and expanded activity at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has been working with neighborhood stakeholders to implement more stringent parking management regulations. Over the past several months meters have been installed on many blocks in Showplace Square.  SFMTA is expected to continue to hold meetings with the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association and the Potrero Boosters, with the goal of creating parking management plans that’re supported by residents and businesses. The measures parallel SFMTA’s ongoing citywide evaluation of its 40-year old Residential Parking Permit program… (more)

“We’ll be initiating more conversations with neighbors about how to manage the curb,” said Andy Thornley, senior analyst, SFMTA. “Meters will be a small piece, along with other tools. It’s more than just RPP, time limits and meters; it’s also about traffic calming and making the curb safer for residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”

Since last summer, four hour time limited parking restrictions have been added to much of Showplace Square, along with meters on Kansas and Divisions streets and the block surrounding Showplace East. Additional meters are slated for 16th Street between Vermont and Seventh streets as well as Henry Adams Street, once 1 Henry Adams, a residential complex, is completed. Due to sidewalk improvements that’re underway, 16th Street will have four hour time limits in the interim, with meters likely installed next year…(more)

For those who aren’t familiar with Andy Thronley, he lost by a wide margin in his 2016 run for District One Supervisor. His department staff is down and he is the President of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition according to their web site. The SFMTA has put someone who rarely drives, has no idea what the real needs of drivers are, and who hates cars in charge of the parking program. Keep this in mind next time you deal with him or the SFMTA.

Around 2012 the SFMTA threatened to install parking meters all over the Eastern Neighborhoods and they were stopped from this plan by vigorous public actions.

For some time we have contended that the first step to demolishing the neighborhood is parking removal. Look at how well the city has taken the Eastern neighborhoods by doing just that. Get ready for them to swarm the West side of the city in no time if this plan is not stopped.

Sowing discord, one block at a time

By Sally Stepherns : sfexaminer – excerpt

“When it comes to residential parking permits, San Francisco must do everything in its power to reduce tensions between neighbors.”  Jessica Christian

f you really want to get a neighborhood riled up, bring up street parking. Recently, I watched as parking — more specifically, expanding residential parking permits — created a rift in my neighborhood.

Parking permits don’t just affect the block that gets them; they affect nearby blocks as well. Permits were originally intended to keep “commuters” from parking all day in low-density residential neighborhoods. But when one block gets permits, the commuters just move to nearby permit-free blocks. One block’s solution becomes another block’s problem.

I went to City Hall for a hearing on a proposal to expand residential parking permits near my house. The woman who wanted the permits secured, as required, more than 50 percent of the people living on the block to sign a petition requesting permits.

The problem is that no one else knew about it, including some people who live on the block in question. Turns out, there’s no requirement that all residents on a block be notified of a petition. So some of the people most affected may never know about the permits until it’s too late. Why doesn’t The City require the notice of a proposed permit be mailed to everyone who lives within a few blocks?…

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is currently reviewing the parking permit program. My fear is that rather than focusing on how to make the process more fair, transparent and inclusive, the SFMTA will use the review as a way to further discourage people in low-density neighborhoods from having cars, e.g., by converting some parking spaces on a block to spaces for car share companies. That will only lead to more conflict.

Due to the opposition of many neighbors, the SFMTA put off a decision on the permit for my street until fall. But people have been riled up and feelings have been hurt.

In the meantime, every new proposal for parking permits on a block pits neighbor against neighbor, block against block and street against street. The City should do everything it can to reduce tensions between neighbors, not push a residential parking permit process that increases conflict.

Sally Stephens is an animal, park and neighborhood activist who lives in the West of Twin Peaks area... (more)

Sally pretty well sums it up. We need a city agency that does not pit neighbor against neighbor. Until recently we had no parking or traffic problems. Many people feel the wrong people are in charge and we need a change at the SFMTA Board to start to solve these issues. The first step is to pass the SFMTA Charter Amendment and vote in some new politicians who are ready to change the policies and priorities that have brought us to the is point. See details on that here:


Our SFMTA Gives Itself a Raise

sfcitizen – excerpt

Residential Parking Permits to Cost $127 Per Year, a 14% Increase – Yowzer

The higher cost of “free” parking:

But actually, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying to prevent other people from parking where you want to park…(more)

So that is what the geniuses at SFMTA came up with after wasting our time at neighborhood meetings to find how how the public wants to improve the permitted parking program. This gives us one more reason to vote for the Charter Amendment to change the makeup of the MTA Board. Send in your letters of support to the Supervisors. Sample letter is here:


San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Program Wants to Hear from You – 11 Community Workshops Scheduled For May & June 2016

San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Program Wants to Hear from You – 11 Community Workshops Scheduled For May & June 2016

You are subscribed to The Residential Permit Parking Evaluation & Reform Project for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

SFMTA Parking Update

San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Program Wants to Hear from You
11 Community Workshops Scheduled For May & June 2016

The SFMTA is seeking public engagement and input to update and improve San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit program. The program has been largely unchanged for 40 years, even as San Francisco has changed considerably. The SFMTA is seeking to update the program, align it with the city’s transportation goals and policies, and improve customer service for permit holders.

Eleven community workshops in each of the eleven supervisorial districts are scheduled for May and June 2016, to report final results from a recent citywide survey, research findings, discuss preliminary policy reform options and solicit public recommendations for program improvement. The public is invited to attend. Please come and attend one or all to share your ideas and/or provide input.


About San Francisco’s Residential Permit Parking Program

The SFMTA is undertaking a comprehensive, data-driven evaluation of the Residential Permit Parking program. The evaluation includes data on existing trends and a citywide survey on residential parking. The completed program evaluation, including recommendations for program reform, will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors in fall 2016.

For more information about the Residential Parking Permit Evaluation & Reform Project visit: or email

Come and let your voice be heard!

Red mopeds circle Civic Center in protest

SFMTA Approves Residential Parking Permit Areas For Alamo Square, Panhandle

CBS – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of a residential parking permit area in the neighborhoods surrounding Alamo Square Park and the Panhandle.

The plan was approved despite concerns expressed by residents at Tuesday’s meeting that the permit harms faith-based organizations and low-income residents, among others.

Residents who opposed the residential parking permit for the neighborhood, referred to as Area Q, said during a public comment period at the meeting at City Hall Tuesday that charging residents to park their vehicles is unfair to those who cannot afford to pay the $110 a year to keep a permit… (more)

Area Q Public Hearing Shows a Neighborhood Divided

hoodline – excerpt

Area Q

Yesterday, a public hearing was held at City Hall to discuss the ever-controversial issue of residential parking permits being proposed for the region around Alamo Square dubbed “Area Q.”

Turnout at the hearing was noticeably smaller than at the November 10th meeting at San Francisco Day School. At that meeting, the auditorium was filled with 160+ attendees. About 50 or so people spoke at that meeting, offering a variety of opinions. As a result, the SFMTA revisited the plan and made significant changes based on feedback.

Yesterday’s hearing, on the other hand, was held at City Hall — well outside the area being discussed — and took place at 10am on a workday, which likely presented a challenge for those with day jobs or other commitments. All in all, about 70 people filled the hearing room yesterday, and of the 35 or so people who spoke, the vast majority expressed strong opposition to the parking permit proposal… (more)

Proof that the war on cars is responsible for the anger on our streets. The best way to calm that anger is to stop the war on cars the way Feds are now attempting to stop the war on drugs. Stop the war. Let the citizens of San Francisco catch their breath and catch up with all the changes… Tell the Supervisors that you want them to take back accountability the SFMTA. Sigh the petition:

SFMTA Slow to Unfold Parking Strategies

By Keith Burbank : potrero view – excerpt

Last month the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced plans to reopen the conversation with the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill communities about strategies to better manage parking, within the context of future transportation development along the Central Waterfront. At a meeting held at Genetech Hall at the University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay, SFMTA presented parking data it had collected in the area.  At the gathering Hill resident Ed Lortz expressed concerns that SFMTA will install meters along the 18th and 20th street commercial corridors that extend around corners to the fronts of residents’ homes. “That’s one of my big worries,” Lortz said.

According to Paul Rose, an SFMTA spokesperson, any parking changes in the area are likely to be “small in scope and iterative, with the goal of addressing parking on the busiest of commercial blocks, where customers are currently having a challenging time finding parking spaces. A comprehensive approach is not likely.”

But changing parking policies space by space isn’t the approach preferred by some community groups.  The Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), an anti-parking meter advocacy organization, is working with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors “to develop better, more comprehensive solutions than the spot zoning SFMTA is trying to use,” said Mari Eliza, an ENUF member.

According to Potrero Boosters president J.R. Eppler, the neighborhood is likely to get a suboptimal plan unless SFMTA looks at the whole system simultaneously. Eppler argued that SFMTA needs to try some new ideas, such as commercial permits, that allow for parking by employees. “It may be time to develop some new tools to address the issues we have,” he said.

Pennsylvania Avenue resident Jim Wilkins agreed. Wilkins said the agency has yet to address the parking needs of the neighborhood’s production, distribution and repair businesses. “Do they intend to blanket 16th and 17th streets with meters?” Wilkins asked. “Or will they work with the businesses and community to come up with a more creative solution?”

At last month’s meeting, Tony Kelly, past Potrero Boosters president, suggested that SFMTA install meters in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, but give residents a parking card so they don’t have to feed the meters. Commuters would have to pay, and the City would still receive most of the revenue it would collect if residents weren’t provided with a parking card, given commuter demand to park in the area.  Mission District residents have expressed support for Kelly’s idea… (more)

Since this article ran, the Supervisors stopped the expansion of parking meters into the neighborhoods and the Small Business Commissioners announced they plan a more active role in working with the SFMTA at the earliest stages of the planning process to protect local businesses.

We need parking transit hubs near freeway and bridge exits. Members of a number of influential city agencies – Small Business Commissioners, MTA Board members, and some Planning Commissioners – are starting to suggest that the best solution to traffic problems in San Francisco are to build parking near freeway exits, so that people can easily get out of their cars and take public transit to their final destinations. SMTA needs to get us where we need to go not tell us how to get there.


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