Editorial: Improve SF motorcycle parking
- Published Thursday, July 25, 2002, in the San Francisco Examiner
No parking here, or there
When doesn't it pay to drive something that gets great gas mileage
and fits into a compact space? When it is a motorcycle and you live
in The City.
For every 10 cycles registered in San Francisco, there is one
designated parking space -- and only five cycle parking areas in the
outer neighborhoods. In comparison, there is one space for every 1.3
cars or trucks registered in The City, and we all know how easy it is
to find parking, even at that ratio.
Cyclists know it, and they're not going to take it anymore. Some
4,000 bikers have signed petitions at local cycle shops or online to
ask for better accommodation, and some 75 appeared at City Hall last
month to say the same thing.
The last straw was the increase in fines for vehicle offenses. The
fine for parking on the sidewalk was $25 until July. Now it's $75,
and will jump to $100 in a year.
Some choice -- a bummer ticket for parking on the sidewalk vs. a
tipped-over cycle when some parallel parker goes a little deep.
The supervisors are planning a hearing on towing cars that park in
motorcycle spots (a mere $50 fine) and other ways to boost good cycle
parking. Supervisor Matt Gonzalez also is working with the months-old
San Francisco Motorcycle and Scooter Coalition, as well as assigning
an analyst to study better parking options.
Good start. We should cut our bikers some slack. They're doing what
we ask and keeping more cars off the road. Plus they're keeping our
gonzo past alive and kicking.