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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hundreds of San Francisco Parking Spots Could Be Reserved for Car-Sharing Companies Only

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

click to enlarge That's not what we mean by car sharing
  • That's not what we mean by car sharing

We know you're enjoying all the buzz and new found opulence provided by @Hiddencash, but we're going to have to put an end to your short-lived bliss. It's time to go back to reality. It's time to remind you that San Francisco is still just San Francisco.

Take that statement how you want. But for us, that means circling the block nonstop looking for parking and embarking on gentrification wars. Alas, Hoodline brings us a new reality check: the local blog spotted these curious flyers through the Haight the other day, which indicated that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to take parking spots away from average residents (that's you) and reserve them for car-sharing companies only.

Specifically, the transit agency is looking at allocating up to 900 spaces of it's 281,000 total on-street parking spots throughout San Francisco for three two private car-sharing companies: Getaround, Zipcar. The third car-sharing service that would benefit is City CarShare, a nonprofit orgranization. Before you get super pissed: the whole plan is not to screw with your head, but to discourage you from owning a car and thus, decreasing congestion citywide.

Per the SFMTA:

Car sharing has been shown to reduce household vehicle ownership rates, parking demand, vehicle miles traveled, and greenhouse gas emissions. In combination with the SFMTA's efforts to better utilize transportation demand management strategies, improve parking management, and make transit, walking, and bicycling more attractive, car sharing plays a role in helping achieve these goals.

This project aims to expand the availability of car sharing across San Francisco, increase the usage of car sharing, and preserve or increase choice of car share organizations (CSOs). CSOs report that one of the key challenges for expanding car sharing is the difficulty of acquiring parking spaces for car sharing parking or "pods", which are locations where customers can pick up a car sharing vehicle. SFMTA policy can encourage and facilitate car sharing, and thereby realize more of its benefits.

The pilot program starts this summer, with 450 spots being reserved across the city. if all things go well, the SFMTA will look at expanding into other areas of the city, says Paul Rose, spokesman for SFMTA.

"This is another way to provide access to attractive modes of transportation. There is a limit on the number of reserved car-share spaces by all three companies combined to no more than two per block," Rose says. "Academic research shows that every shared vehicle takes 10 private vehicles off the road ultimately easing congestion and increasing parking for those who need or want to drive.

In any event, there is a meeting coming up next month where you can voice all your complaints or compliments on the new program. The meeting will be June 13 at 10 a.m. at City Hall Room 416.

[via Hoodline]

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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