Parking Meter Meeting Set for Monday

En Español.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is holding a community meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss a proposal to install hundreds of meters thoughout the northeast Mission and other eastern neighborhoods.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Z Space, 450 Florida St.

As you may recall, the SFMTA shelved its plan after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors. At an SFMTA meeting two weeks ago, when the proposal was first heard, about 150 people showed up to oppose it.

The meters, part of the SFMTA’s SFPark program, would have no time limit and rates would start at 25 cents an hour, according to the proposal.

In the northeast Mission it is difficult to find parking during the day on weekdays, but more manageable at night. Currently the area is a favorite spot for out-of-town commuters who take BART, people who sleep in their cars and bus drivers who don’t want to pay for parking at the Muni yard on 17th and Bryant streets.

Project opponents say that the SFMTA did not do proper outreach for such sweeping changes to the neighborhood. They contend that the proposal is a solution looking for a problem.

Per a flyer distributed throughout the neighborhood by the group that is organizing to oppose the meters:

“Such fees will burden the newly developed PDR (industrial) districts and artists who often require a vehicle for their work. Gentrification will occur at lightning speed. Longstanding residents, businesses and artists who can no longer afford to be here will have to relocate out of San Francisco, dismantling much investment that the City, our supervisors, and we have done to cultivate our newly thriving neighborhoods.”

The flyer says the group supports:

* Enforcement of currently existing parking management regulations
* The preservation of local businesses and jobs
* Expanded areas of residential parking and “hybrid permits” for mixed-used/PDR neighborhoods
* Improvements to the public transit system to encourage transit use, walking and biking
* The creation of a variety of solutions specific to the needs of the individual blocks (such as angled parking) to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions while improving safety for bicyclists, vehicles and pedestrians.

The SFMTA believes that greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced if the meters are installed, because they would keep people from circling the block to look for parking.

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5 Comments

  1. Teotwawki Jones

    Rigoberto my darling, they really don’t care about you. Its not intentional. Its just that they can’t see you through the bay fog from their rich white people perches in Berkeley and Marin.

  2. Mister Big

    There were more than 150 people who showed up for the hearing.

    There were 150 people in the main hearing room, but there were an additional 150 people in two overflow rooms because the main room was filled to capacity.

    The total was about 300 people. 150 or so people would be a good figure for the amount of people who took to the microphone to offer comment.

  3. LovesTheMission

    People often forget that the public road is public property. The expectation that private automobile storage public property is NOT a right. Other potential better uses include widened sidewalks, adding another traffic lane, or parking rental of the space for public profit.

    • Suki

      I am quite irritated with the valet parking on Valencia Street. They totally block the bike lanes, and create hazards by opening car doors in the bike lane. Annoying.
      And BTW- The communication that bike lanes are not to be blocked should come from the DPT to the owner of the valet service. His accountability is best enforced that way.

      • LovesTheMission

        Whenever a car stops or double parks in a bike lane, (or when encountering any other hazard), a bicyclist should move left and take the full lane.

        In a funny way, “bike lanes”, reinforce a fallacy that bicycles are not vehicles with full rights to the road. Fortunately, in the Mission at least, most motorists and bicyclists have grown accustom to co-existing on the road. IMO

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