Vote No to More Cars Driving Into San Francisco!
|July 22, 2007||Posted by jamie under Transportation & Ped Safety|
Originally uploaded by mari781008.
This posting’s picture was taken by someone in Shanghai, but it could just as well be Harrison and Main streets on a Friday afternoon with traffic backing up to get on the Bay Bridge.
There is a measure on this November’s ballot that veils itself as an initiative for additional parking. Many well-meaning San Franciscans may make a knee jerk decision to say, “Yes, I want more parking spaces in San Francisco.”
Your colleagues, friends, and other acquaintances who are San Francisco voters need to be informed that a vote yes for this measure is a vote for:
- Increased pedestrian injuries and deaths
- Increased bicyclist injuries and deaths
- Slower MUNI bus services because of the additional traffic jamming up the roads
- Increased air pollution and all of the terrible effects such pollution has on our planet
Those are the negatives I can think of off the top of my head with little thought…. I’m certain that you and others can think of many other negative consequences of inviting more automobiles to drive into our City.
There have been several articles written about this measure since the signatures to get it on the November 2007 ballot were submitted to City Hall:
And as an added treat, a slideshow of cartoons on the topic from SF Weekly’s Matt Smith
Please do not ASSUME that San Francisco voters will rightly vote NO to this parking measure. Don Fisher and the parking lot building Webcor construction company have plenty of money (what new building in Rincon Hill doesn’t have a Webcor sign on it?) and plenty of reason to support more parking garages and more cars driving into the City. Get involved – join the discussion on San Francisco Cityscape about how to make sure the majority of San Franciscans vote NO against this parking measure in November (just a little over three months from today).
A big thank you is due to Jeffrey Baker for the links and other tidbits above.
If you want to encourage cars to come into San Francisco and kill more pedestrians, kill more bicyclists, slow down MUNI bus service more, and so on and so forth, I suppose you would like a link to learn more – visit their site at More City Parking (don’t say I didn’t offer a chance to learn the other side’s point of view – gag me now!).