Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DMV numbers: 2000 to 2014

DMV vehicle registration for SF County

  Year    Auto    Truck    M/C    Total  
  2000   371786  63556  16539   451881  
  2001   378406  63905  17239   459550  
  2002   380795  62823  18649   462267  
  2003   367570  63353  16662   447585  
  2004   382151  65141  17611   464903  
  2005   373115  62129  17571   452815  
  2006   378576  63438  18136   460150  
  2007   382341  64147  19417   465905  
  2008   379898  61755  20144   461797  
  2009   381737  59751  20339   461827  
  2010   382167  58641  20728   461536  
  2011   380621  56407  21065   458093  
  2012   385442  56694  21697   463833  
  2013   397238  57466  22610   477314  
  2014   403248  55688  22853   481789  

A reader made this chart of the DMV numbers over the years. Interesting to note that trucks have declined but autos and motorcycles/motor bikes have increased significantly.

This is a reality-check when dealing with the city's anti-car movement and those who prefer to think that cars are on the decline in San Francisco.

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At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Gregski said...

Checking the U.S. Census Web page...

Total SF County households in 2000: 329,700

Total households in 2009-2013: 345,344

Households increased by 15,644 or 4.7%.
Registered cars and trucks increased by 7,855 or 1.8% (5-year average 09-13).
Registered motor vehicles increased by 12,604 or 2.8%.

So, there is some evidence that over a decade the net increase in 4-wheelers is about half the net increase in households. But a corresponding increase in motorized two-wheelers fills a significan part of the gap.

Another way of looking at is that the motor vehicle-to-household ratio has fallen only to 1.34 from 1.37 over 10+ years.

This is surely the direction that the car-haters have been assuring us but the magnitude is pretty insignificant.


At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let's see.

371786 to 403248 is an 8.5 percent increase over 14 years. Less than one percent per year. That's significant?

That isn't keeping up with the increase in city population - the *per capita* number of registered vehicles has gone *DOWN* in that same time frame!

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see how the streetsblog nutters respond to this..

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Interestingly, pedal-philes when proclaiming dramatic increases in some number of bicycles somewhere never normalize the numbers for population growth, leaving us with a double standard. In any case, given the absolute increase in motor vehicles, reducing vehicle lane miles and parking still makes no sense.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per capita, cars ARE on the decline. Nevertheless, anyone who sees this data and doesn't conclude that the only solution is more investment in public transit and bike infrastructure is a grade-A moron.

There's no more room on our streets for more cars and parking. The only way to deal with our population increase is to do a better job providing alternatives to private car ownership.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

This chart gives actual hard data that is is easy to interpret, unlike the moronic, specious crap streetsblog (and the Nelson\ Nygaard company; do people actually pay them money for these "studies"?) claims to demonstrate, that "Car-Free Households Are Booming in San Francisco."

Unfortunately what seems to be "booming" in San Francisco, given the types in the transpo sector (Weiner, the mayor's advisor, Reiskin, sfplanning, SFMTA board, SPUR, Livable City, etc) is stupidity.

San Francisco has already been turned into a suburban bedroom community and in a decade or so it will be a suburb of Hong Kong.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

30,000 more cars in SF is no problem?

The anti-car folks like to play with percentages, but the real issue for a city that's relatively small geographically is its carrying capacity in general: How many people and how many motor vehicles can it sensibly handle on city streets even as it takes away street parking and traffic lanes to make bike lanes?

City Hall is limiting access to city streets by motor vehicles as it implements remarkably dumb "smart growth" housing projects: 5,000 new housing units at Parkmerced in a part of town already near gridlock; the Treasure Island project that will allow 19,000 residents there; the UC project (1,000 new residents) on lower Haight Street; and the nearby Market and Octavia project that will bring another 10,000 new residents to that area, including 40-story highrises at Market/Octavia.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Stupid growth projects with inadequate parking and grade-A moron projects to remove parking and travel lanes are all part of the plan to torture residents into abandoning their cars for bicycles. Coercion is the only way to make bicycling more appealing, yet, people still don't convert. They still prefer motorized transit and more often take a bus or tram. Forced religious conversions like this and as practiced by ISIS need equal condemnation!

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are the new numbers of bike travel? That report seems late, and as I travel throguh gridlocked streets every day, I notice the bike lanes are always empty.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Anonymous, if released, expect careful timing of a bad news bicycling report. December during holiday season is good for going unnoticed, but so too is summer while people are vacationing and more people are out on bicycles. At earliest, it could be released in May during national bike month, following bike to work week and all the promotion to get people riding with students still in school.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The MTA told me the bicycle count report will be released at the end of this month.


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