First major survey of elementary school student commutes shows parents mostly drive

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

For decades, San Francisco city leaders had little idea how the youngest students got to school — until now.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority released a first-of-its-kind survey this week, detailing the commutes of The City’s 45,000 kids who attend public or private elementary schools in San Francisco.

Perhaps most significantly, the study found more than half of parents surveyed drive their kids to school most days — a far cry from the commute of adults, who drive less… (more)

Proof that San Francisco is not family friendly. Families need cars. As long as SFMTA is allowed to put removal of cars at the top of their priority list San Francisco is NOT family friendly. Come on. Do you really expect a five-year-old child to ride the Muni alone? Why does the law require car specified seats for small children in private cars but no seat belts on public buses? Or even seats for children on buses?

And what is the best solution they can come up with? Shuttle buses. How about a reasonable commute for the parents who are dropping their kids off at school on their way to work?

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)