Wednesday, April 13, 2016

3,979 more motor vehicles in SF

DMV San Francisco: Get in line

This is a companion piece to yesterday's post on C.W. Nevius. Turns out that according to the DMV there are more motor vehicles than ever registered in San Francisco. 

Seems like City Hall's anti-car policy isn't working, mostly because it isn't reality-based, but also because of gentrification. Surprise! People of means own cars.

Compare the 2014 DMV numbers (481,787) to the 2015 numbers (485,766), and we learn that there were 3,979 more motor vehicles registered in the city in the last year. 

That's the pattern since 2000 (451,879) when I first began keeping score (I always subtract the number of trailers).

The breakdown: 407,656 cars, 54,768 trucks, and 23,342 motorcycles/motor scooters.

In yesterday's column, Nevius perpetuated a myth: "And look at the Millennials, choosing to live in the city and scorning car ownership."

Actually millennials drive just as much as previous generations---and they shop at Walmart!

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At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news! The more cars the merrier.

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Where San Jose Ave meets I-280 the SFMTA, the San Jose Coalition to Save Our Streets, the SFBC and the Mayor's Transportation Adviser did a road diet, tamed the deadly traffic, brought communities together that had been ripped apart by the automobile and it was such a fiasco that even Reiskin, Weiner and the streetsblog "urbanist" crowd couldn't ignore the fact that their ignorance made traffic worse, four or five blocks of bumper to bumper cars every weekday evening, that's greening the old planet:
Road Diet.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, it's not good news, but it reflects reality. Cars are here to stay and to pretend otherwise---and to make it harder for people who have to drive in the city---is wrong and bad public policy.

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it's not good news

Why not?

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Redesigning city streets to make it harder to drive plus more motor vehicles in SF means making city traffic worse unnecessarily. Got it?

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less than 1 percent. Hardly significant.

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is traffic getting worse a bad thing?

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why are you such an asshole?


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