Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Bicycle Plan's impact on a small business

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
UNLIMITED JURISDICTION

COALITION FOR ADEQUATE REVIEW; NINETY-NINE PERCENT; and ROB ANDERSON,
Petitioners,
v.
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN , FRANCISCO; and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive,
Respondent.
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Case No. 505509

DECLARATION OF CHRISTOPHER ALBANESE IN SUPPORT OF REPLY TO CITY’S OPPOSITION TO PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

Action filed: July 28, 2005

Dept.: 301
Judge: The Honorable James L. Warren
Hearing Date: June 6, 2006
Time: 9:30 a.m.

I, Christopher Albanese, declare:

1. I own Antiquario, an antique store, and lease a space at 1645 Market Street. This Declaration is based on my personal knowledge.

2. Since the removal of parking meters on around May 7, 2006, and the placement of “Towaway-No Parking” signs, there has been a dramatic decrease in new customers to my business. There have been virtually no spontaneous sales from people driving down the street, parking, and coming into the shop. When the parking meters were available, people who would park and visit other establishments (e.g., restaurants) in this area would also visit my shop. I believe the actual traffic in my store is down by 70%, and this is on good weather days. During cold and wet weather, I suspect it will be even worse.

3. My regular customers now consistently complain about the greater difficulty of parking. Prior to their removal, the meters turned over frequently during the course of a day, approximately every half an hour to an hour, allowing for a regular course of traffic coming into my shop.

4. I have filmed three hours of video in front of my shop between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. nearly every day of the week, at different intervals throughout the day. It is evident from these films that bicycle traffic is nearly non-existent during these hours.

5. Before the meters were removed, bicycles traversed these blocks along Market Street with relative ease when traffic declined after the rush hour (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

6. The effect of the removal of the public parking meters on my business has been even more extreme than I imagined. The City has removed parking in a neighborhood that was remarkably short on parking to begin with.

I declare under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, that the foregoing is true and correct of my own personal knowledge.

Christopher Albanese

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1 Comments:

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Terry Yassour said...

Sheesh. No one EVER expects to be able to park in front of ANY establishment in this city.

The city should, however, allow for a loading zone infront of shops like this one so that people don't have to carry antiques a block or two to their cars.

New York has a zillion successful shops like this and NO ONE drives there, so how do they do it?

A more attractive Market Street will mean MORE business, not less. YES YES YES on the bike lanes.

 

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