Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mixed message on bike parking.

I have spent some mental energy on the bike parking at the new Whole Foods in Noe Valley. I complained that there were not enough racks in the WF parking lot, and often we ended up tying up to parking meters on the street.

For example, this one directly in front of the Whole Foods.

Walking to the store on Sunday I noted these gorgeous stencils on the sidewalk directly in front of Whole Foods - apparently this location is on the MTA's list for new bike racks! Very appropriate location, and we are getting not one but TWO racks in this spot! And theoretically, the state of the injunction is that they can in fact put them in. I won't hold my breath but I believe it will happen!

One problem. Stepping back a bit...

The exact same parking meter that was being used for bike parking is now uncapped! I'm not exactly sure what this means - are they going to put in a credit card capable meter? Regardless, I find it cruelly ironic that in a spot that has less bike parking than it needs, we have been promised parking for 4 more bikes but until that happens, we currently have 2 FEWER spots. On top of this, our financially strapped MTA is not collecting revenue from cars parked at this location.



Bob Shanteau said...

That curb is yellow, meaning that only stopping for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or freight is allowed .

Stopping means any cessation of movement of a vehicle, whether occupied or not .

So is the parked vehicle in the photo whose occupant is presumably shopping a violation of law? Almost certainly.

Will SFMTA do anything about it? Good question.

Are the bike racks to be located so that they will be usable? Your photo indicates the answer is NO.

Does SFMTA have guidelines for the location of bike racks on sidewalks?

murphstahoe said...

Bob - that curb is yellow, but it is accompanied by signage that indicates the times of day during which that spot is a loading zone. If you note the parking meter in the older picture (with the bike), the notice of enforcement times of the loading zone is printed on the yellow band on the meter itself.

"Walking to the store on Sunday I noted these gorgeous stencils on the sidewalk directly in front of Whole Foods..."

This loading zone is not in play on Sundays. Or between 6 PM and 8 AM.

Now, note the "new" meter. Not only is the head gone - the signage is gone. It is entirely possible that what has happened here is that the city has deprecated the meter entirely and made this spot a 24 hour loading zone.

This makes some sense as the Whole Foods has made the spot a bit of a traffic war zone, and they do a crazy amount of business, such that a "decision may have been made" (passive tense intentional) to make it a 24 hour loading zone to support the Whole Foods loading.

If that's true, this guy deserves a ticket, and the city deserves to be bitchslapped for taking the head off the meter before putting in the bike racks.

The city has guidelines about rack placement. Dan Connelly can tell you a story about an improperly placed rack at the Potrero Hill Whole Foods - installed outside the injunction by the property owner (if I understand it correctly).

dbarchitect said...

Those racks are positioned as per SFMTA standards and will work fine for 4 bikes.

The SFMTA crews are approaching 100 racks installed since the lifting of that piece of the injunction and are putting racks on all these pre-located spots as soon as they can get to them. The painted location indication guides are a nice touch, as the racks don't just appear mysteriously, but after a period of anticipation.