Friday, August 23, 2013

NOPNA betrays the neighborhood

After supporting both the Fell/Oak and the Masonic Avenue anti-car bike projects, the folks at NOPNA are now trying to mitigate the damage those projects---eliminating more than 250 parking spaces---will do to the neighborhood. Both projects (see this and this) were based on phony "safety" claims from the Bicycle Coalition and the MTA:

The North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, has recently submitted over 300 signatures for a petition to establish a new Residential Parking Permit Zone (EE) in the neighborhood. 

This petition was the result of a number of drivers (no pun intended):

The loss of parking due to the recent safety upgrades on Fell and Oak

The potential loss of parking from future safety upgrades and traffic calming on Masonic

The increase in number of RV-type vehicles parking for extended periods along the panhandle, with the appearance of people living in them

The increasingly[sic] difficulty residents have expressed in looking for parking close to their residences.

Michael Helquist, one of NOPNA's "friends,"
after he fell off his bike

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At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is asking for RPP betraying the neighborhood. It's protecting the neighborhood from interlopers!

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

It's not at all clear that we have an "interloper" problem in the first place. By supporting these dumb bike projects, these neighborhood groups helped the city create a parking shortage and now they're only making the best of a bad bargain.

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city's own stats showed the 40% of those parked in the area during the day are not from the area. This in large part comprises people parking there to catch various MUNI express buses. This is only going to get worse with the introduction of the 5L

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Gregski said...

How can this be? The bicycle advocates keep promising us that these bike lanes will cause a modal shift. Drivers will sell their cars and start riding bikes. So there is surely no parking shortage. When the parking disappears, the cars disappear!


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