After a strong pushback from the residents and business owners in neighbourhoods planned for parking meter expansion, San Francisco transportation officials have said that they will gather more data and work more closely with each neighbourhood to refine the parking management proposals.
According to SFGate.com, the plan to add about 5,000 new meters across a range of council areas appeared headed to quick approval as recently as last month, but organised neighbourhood opposition persuaded the council to reassess their approach, working on greater public outreach to explain why they think the meters are needed.
According to transport officials, the neighbourhoods were chosen due to poor street parking which could lead to further decline unless something is done to control the problem. Meters, they believe, will force turnover to free up the spaces more frequently, or get drivers to use alternative transportation.
We would venture that the transport officials from San Francisco are very welcome to refer to our recommended steps for introducing paid parking in local council areas. Likewise, for anyone interested, you can view our steps on our site at this link.