There's a real first world problem in San Francisco. Per person, a car takes up 10 times more space than a bike, 15 times more than a train, and 30 times more than a pedestrian, So obviously you need lots more room for them. If you live in the population dense city of San Francisco, you're probably asking yourself "why isn't there more free space to not move vehicles?" The car balance loving supporters of Prop L have brought attention to this highly important issue.
Their website states "From 2009 to 2013, the MTA abolished over 4,000 street parking places" out of 441,950 spaces. That's still more than the entire length of the California coast. Did you hear that? The SFMTA "abolished" 00.90% of parking? To help put that into perspective check out the picture below.
These 4,000 spots were once used to not move a car 95% of the time, for free. And just what are they doing now?
Car dominated balance supporter Brandon Carlson exclaimed, "Since when did the Municipal Transit Association get it in their thick head that street space should actually move something? What kind of planet are they on?" Prop L supporters believe that removing a fraction of a percent of space for parking is nothing short of madness. Their hope is that when you think of gridlock in SF, you think of blaming the streets that lost car storage in favor of moving people and keeping them safer.
|The balanced use of a street should be to idle cars 95% of the time.|
- Bus bulb-outs and extra bus stop room to accommodate double loading and capacity.
- Car Share programs for people who want to get rid of their car or currently don't own one.
- The 3 actual bike dedicated bike lanes in San Francisco.
- Parklets for pedestrians to enjoy more space around their favorite shops and restaurants
- "Safety"- like "Daylighting" Street corners for pedestrian visibility.
|Can you believe the SFMTA would abolish a parking space like this just so pedestrian can avoid vehicle carnage?|
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|Space utilized to move people more than 5% of the time? Disgusting.|
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