Bicycle Coalition

Author Rick Coates

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is taking a bold new move to oppose parking minimums in new development.  Keep in mind that nearly 60% of greenhouse gases that cause climate change come from cars and trucks.  Parking is habitat for cars and trucks.  If you provide habitat for a species, the species will fill the niche.  Also note that research has shown that drivers stop to shop less frequently than bicyclists and that customers tend to avoid traffic choked downtowns.  But it takes real courage to oppose parking.  I can already hear the auto lobby screaming!

Take action for a more sustainable city By Janice Li on November 19, 2018

When San Francisco has the third-worst traffic in the United States, we need to be doing everything in our power to ease congestion and reliance on cars. At a time when our state is ravaged by wildfires, we must take local responsibility by fighting back against climate change.

That’s why your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition proudly supports Board of Supervisors legislation to eliminate parking minimums across the city for all new development. Take a moment to be a supporter yourself as this legislation goes before a committee hearing next Monday, Nov. 26.

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Parking minimums set requirements for development to provide a certain number of vehicle parking spots. That means that even if a developer wants to actively encourage biking or transit and provide great benefits to people who do, they still have to build a certain number of parking spaces for vehicles. Ultimately, these minimum requirements induce the demand for driving, which directly increases congestion and the number of vehicles on our roads.

If we’re designing our cities for generations to come, we need to advance bold legislation like this. When minimum parking requirements directly lead to inefficient, expensive use of land in our dense, Transit-First city, it’s time to make a change.

Board of Supervisors Land Use & Transportation Committee Hearing
City Hall, Room 250
Monday, Nov. 26 at 1:30pm

Holiday Travel

Author Rick Coates

The holiday season is upon us. Travel will increase and many will choose to travel to the North Bay: San Francisco, Marin County and Sonoma County. If you possibly can, give the environment a break. Over half of all greenhouse gases come from autos and trucks. So leave your car at home. Travel by train not airline. Avail yourself of the Bay Areas transit to make connections: BART, SMART, CalTrain, ACE, Capital Corridor, Amtrak. Ask your relatives to pick you up at the station or use local buses. Have fun planning your trip online and, please, let us know what problems you encounter. We will lobby transit agencies to correct those problems. And have a happy car-free holiday!

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BART announces plans for second transbay tube 7 comments No disguise for that double vision

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) links the San Francisco Airport to the San Francisco peninsula and the East Bay cities.  It is the only reasonable way to cross the bay during rush hour.  It is, however, reaching capacity.  A second tube under the bay will help address this.  Presently tourists can take BART form the SF Airport to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Station, a two block walk to the Golden Gate Ferry.  The Ferry links to the North Bay SMART train for access to Marin and Sonoma Counties.

By Adam Brinklow

On Wednesday, BART announced that the transit agency is “taking early steps to create a second Transbay Tube.”

Yes, really.

The possibility of a second tube—BART’s official announcement suggests that “tube” may not be the correct term for whatever the agency ends up building, instead stressing the term “second crossing”—has floated around the Bay Area for decades, but this is the first time BART appears to be planning concrete measures for it.

But commuters had better get comfortable with their current one-tube experience; actual construction will start at least a decade from now:

BART intends to use a feasibility study to narrow multiple alternatives for the second crossing to a short list of two to four options. Next steps include potentially awarding a contract for that study in mid-2019.

Looking ahead, BART hopes to begin construction on the second crossing in about ten years. There’s little time to waste: despite BART’s plan to increase capacity through the existing Transbay Tube, planners project demand for transbay transit will outpace capacity by 2040 in medium or high demand growth scenarios.

The agenda for Thursday’s BART Board of Directors meeting includes a briefing for a “new transbay rail crossing update,” with BART General Manager Grace Crunican writing that the presentation will include an initial “project contracting plan.”

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