Are you the kind of driver who looks for sidestreet parking rather than pay at a main street parking meter? That may no longer be a cost-saving option, at least not in Santa Monica, Calif.
Santa Monica city officials are exploring a pilot program that would add parking meters to some residential streets near commercial streets, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports. Residents with preferential parking permits would not have to pay the meters.
Officials hope that, in addition to raising money for the city, the residential meters will discourage parking on side streets — which has forced residents to park three or four blocks from their homes… (more)
We already know what happens. People get one ticket when the go out to eat and they avoid returning to the neighborhood. Parking meters kill businesses. They are a great way to clear the area for new development. We need a state legislative effort to kill this meter madness.
Supervisor Campos made comments on the SFMTA plan before and after the presentation and comments by neighbors. Most people found the studies were lacking in accuracy and called for a better survey of the neighborhood before enacting any changes in the area. David agreed with residents and business owners that even though many changes to the original plan, such as allowing RPP for residents and Preferential Parking Permits for PDRs, are an improvement, the plan is flawed. He concluded by saying that there is no reason to implement any changes until a reasonable approach is found and the details worked out.
The growing trend toward emptying and eliminating public parking garages and parking lots was mentioned at the meeting. There are a couple in the area and a number have been spotted in Mission Bay. Residents on Polk Street and Valencia are also complaining about the rush to eliminate parking spots. Why is the SFMTA spending any time and energy eliminating pubic parking for Muni customers, while cutting back on Muni service? How does eliminating parking options benefit Muni riders?
There is a disconnect in the congested parking theory and the reality of the parking habits of human beings. Why is SFMTA is continuing to sign contracts to expand the program in spite of the lack of evidence or data from the initial tests?
Father of the congestion theory, Dr. Shoup admits his theories are unproven.
He is quoted as saying,If it works, it will make San Francisco an even better place to live and do business and visit. It will just be yet another feather in the cap of San Francisco. And if it doesn’t work, they can blame it all on a professor from Los Angeles… (more)
Santa Monica fired Nelson/Nygaard consultant, Jeff Tumlin, and now the Planning Commission may shelf their radical parking proposals which have “upset and enraged” residents… (more)
If Santa Monica can take back their streets, we can too.
By NATE BERG : theatlanticcities.com/commute – excerpt
…Through the use of parking space sensors (which we’ve written about before), Santa Monica’s meters now know when a car leaves a spot and can automatically reset itself to require whoever parks there next to pay the full price of parking. It’s part of the intelligent parking system that the city has been rolling out, which includes the ability to accept coins and credit cards, send text messages when metered time is running out, and compile information to help the city better price its parking to correspond with demand…
…And while pricing is an increasingly attractive option for cities, few have announced their intention to take the extra – some might say extra-mean – step of resetting meters when cars pull away. At least in Santa Monica, the days of happily finding a few free minutes at your parking spot are over. Your city may be next.