There has been quite a bit of buzz over San Francisco’s parking census and future smart parking plan. I wrote about it here (“Golden Gate Parking Lot: San Francisco Conducts First Ever Parking Census“) a few weeks ago concluding that it’s great to know how much parking is available but the goal and the outcome of making parking easier is misguided and short-sighted.
The other day I wrote about it in greater detail for my column in Next American City. It’s generated an interesting discussion with a little bit of frantic windshield panic thrown in from a resident in DC who seems to think that pro-people measures that make streets safer for pedestrians and bikers are “anti-car” and anti-poor.
I’m not anti-car, but I am against the financial, social, and environmental burden they place on individuals, cities, and the world.
I’m for people, not for modes of transportation. I want to make our cities healthier, safer, cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable for all.
I want to create better cities for the person who travels by foot and so becomes a “pedestrian”.
I want to create better cities for the person who travels by bicycle, not for their bicycle.
I want to create better cities for the person who travels by public transportation, not for their bus or train.
And lastly, I want to create better cities for the person who drives a car, not for their car.
I want to make better places for all of these people, not their mode of transportation. Moving people by foot, bike, and public transportation are the most efficient ways to provide mobility for all in terms of space and cost as well as causing far less pollution and sprawl than creating a world where each person drives an individual car.
That is why I support infrastructure that makes walking safe for everyone from the very young to the very old, infrastructure that makes biking safe for the very young and the very old, and accessible and affordable public transportation for all.
Mobility is a human right, free parking is not.