Transportation for the
By Susan King
I am a
transportation activist and lifelong cyclist who does not own a car.
dedicated to changing the way we view transportation and promote a more
sustainable way of getting people around. To these ends, I propose, and
will vigorously work to implement, the following transportation
the dominance of the automobile in transportation planning. To move towards sustainable transportation planning, we need to
challenge the status quo and implement policies that accommodate all modes
Eliminate one to one parking requirements for new housing throughout the
city. Emphasis should be placed on new developments in transit rich areas,
and creating car-free and/or reduced car developments. The proposed
housing at the UC Extension site in the lower Haight, and the new Octavia
Blvd. developments are prime opportunities to build housing for car free
Change the environmental review process as required by California's
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to streamline the approval process for
transit, pedestrian and bicycle projects by exempting them from lengthy
Environmental Impact Reports (EIR).
Create Level of Service (LOS) standards for pedestrians and cyclists.
Planning should take into account pedestrian movement by creating wider
sidewalks (and prohibit the narrowing of sidewalks for any reason), and
improvements that increase safety for cyclists.
Charge fair market value for parking, redirecting these additional funds
to transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. Parking fee increases
include: raising the parking tax from 25% to 35%, charging market rate for
residential parking and limiting the number of permits per household,
implementing local parking assessment districts to fund neighborhood
up enforcement of traffic and parking laws for infractions that impede
pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety and slow public transit. This includes
vigorously ticketing for parking on sidewalks, in bike lanes, and double
parking along transit corridors.
Redesign intersections to aid the safety of pedestrians. Improvements
include zebra striping intersections, creating bulb outs and medians,
increasing the crossing time in large intersections, adding pedestrian
right of way signals with separate left and right turn signals for cars at
Implement a city wide maximum speed of 25 MPH, and create traffic calming
measures, such as re-timing the timed lights, narrowing streets, adding
bulb outs to slow traffic down. Where feasible, return one-way streets to
Redesign city streets to accommodate transit more efficiently.
Improvements include: creating transit only lanes for Muni with barriers
like a raised curb to discourage cars from using these lanes, enabling
Muni to control stop lights, and removing stop signs on Muni routes that
impede efficient Muni travel.
for a moratorium on the building of new parking garages citywide. Parking
induces traffic, and we need to improve the way we manage our public space
by ensuring that we are not overrun by cars. Instead of building more
parking, we should be developing ways to improve transit and induce more
people to walk, bike, or take Muni by making these options safer, cheaper,
and more convenient than driving.
Enforce current laws regarding large vehicles on city streets. According
to Section 28.1 of the City's third traffic article, SUVs and other
vehicles weighing more than 6,000 lbs. are prohibited on more than 100
segments of San Francisco's streets, including most of Market Street. This
law should be enforced to discourage the use of needlessly large vehicles
crowding our streets.
Create a bicycle friendly, walkable city.
Finish the city wide bike network, making it easy and safe to traverse the
city by bicycle. Ideally, we should have separated bike paths, painted
bike lanes, and traffic calmed, bicycle preferred streets.
Implement plans to reduce, and ultimately eliminate private automobile
traffic on Market Street.
Create safe bike parking throughout the city. Commission artists to
develop artistic bike racks (like ones in front of City Hall), and place
them throughout the city. Bike parking pegs can also be added to parking
meters, enabling cyclists with small u-locks to use these racks. Bike
racks need to be installed in a safe location (not behind the dumpsters)
in every garage. Provide secure, enclosed bike parking adjacent to transit
stations, car share pods, and near large venues (such as Kezar stadium).
Allocate more funds for long term bicycle planning and infrastructure to
achieve the goal of 10% of all trips in the City being made by bicycle
within 10 years.
Implement traffic calming throughout the City. Traffic calming measures
have the added benefits of improving our public space, creating more
greenery, and opening up areas dominated by cars for other uses.
Promote cycling as a healthy, safe option for transportation. Work with
non-profits like the Bicycle Coalition to teach children how to ride and
provide helmets and other safety gear. Help fund bike coops that encourage
bike ownership for all people of all income levels.
Prioritize the redesign of the most dangerous intersections and
thoroughfares to increase pedestrian safety throughout the city.
Planning for a livable city.
Oppose any cuts in Muni service or fare increases. We need to increase
service and keep fares affordable, and roll back rates to $1 per ride and
$35 for Fast Passes.
Reform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and bring this
body under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors.
Require Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for large events in public
parks, stadiums, and venues.
San Francisco truly "Transit First." Improvements include creating a Bus
Rapid Transit system to enable travel to anywhere in the city in less than
30 minutes, synchronizing bus schedules for passengers traveling on more
than one line, rolling back fares, and increasing OWL service on major
Advocate for better regional transit planning. Ensure that the Transbay
Terminal plans for a regional transit hub moves forward. Lobby for San
Francisco to get more regional transit dollars and greater representation
on regional planning committees for our high daytime population due to
commuters who use our transit systems.
Increase transit, bicycle, and pedestrian funding through creation of
local fees that accurately reflect the true cost of driving an automobile.
Fees include the creation of a local vehicle registration fee (based on
engine size and car value), increasing the share of transit costs paid by
developers, such as the Transportation Impact Development Fees (TIDF), and
the creation of a downtown transit assessment district to charge the
businesses who benefit most from our transportation system.
Promote and expand alternatives to private auto ownership through City Car
Share and improved taxi services.
Eliminate privately operated city owned cars for employees, and replace
the fleet with a municipal cooperative car sharing modeled after City Car
Share. Provide free Muni Fast Passes to all city workers instead of free
I. Create more car free space in SF, particularly in our parks. Add
Saturday closure of JFK drive in Golden Gate Park, and demand that the
Concourse Authority follow the law in regards to the 1998 Golden Gate Park
Revitalization Act that calls for the creation of a pedestrian oasis in
Golden Gate Park. Ensure that other city parks are protected from the
further invasion of the automobile. I strongly oppose the garage being
built in the park. We need to work to make sure our other city parks are
protected from this kind of invasion.