|Remove underused parking that will undoubtedly lead to some sort of tragedy in the future? Decisions, decisions...|
The group deciding the future of the Marina bike path project have a difficult decision on their hands. Should they eliminate a scant amount of parking to dramatically increase safety and comfort for the 98% of non-motorized users who use the path every day? It's certainly not an easy answer if you're contending with a bunch of rich angry yacht owners screaming for free parking.
|The only part of the 500 mile trail that has cars weaving around peds, cyclists, children, and the elderly.|
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If they remove these 91 parking spots, they only have parking everywhere else. There's nearby parking in four separate lots (the Marina Green lot, the Yacht Club East lot, the St. Francis Yacht Club lot, and the Yacht Club West lot) as well as parallel parking on Yacht Road and other proximate surface streets.
|Cars use the space 2% of the time but get nearly 50% of the space. The decision to remove parking is difficult indeed.|
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The one year project has been looking for other sensible solutions like somehow teleporting cyclists and pedestrians through the area where 2000 pound machines lumber around and sleep. They've also looked to putting parking on the arterial street but found cars would face a "dooring hazard". This is an issue that cyclists and pedestrians currently have on the path, which is perfectly acceptable.
|Some options, like putting car parking on arterial streets (like they do everywhere else in the city) are not suggested. They put drivers who park their cars in risk of "dooring hazards", a problem that only cyclists are allowed to endure.|
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Comments can also be sent to Mary Hobson and Sarah Ballard of Rec and Parks. The SFBC has posted a template for letters of support for the parking removal on its website.
|Stay strong and avoid reason at the meeting, rich yacht owners! You're more important than the safety of thousands!|
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