New Means to Curb SF Traffic Being Rolled Out

A few days ago I wrote a blog about San Francisco being the best US city to live in without a car. But, of course, there’s a lot of room for improvement, as we all know our cultural-and-work popular city is still swollen with traffic and can be frustrating to navigate. Wired.com reports that urban planners are saying that the only real traffic-lessening cities are those that are declining in the Rust Belt, whereas cities that are thriving are facing serious and growing congestion.

Just recently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance requiring new residential or commercial projects to have more no-car-use incentives and alternatives. The intention is reduce the number of car trips taken by SFers and the length of the trip.

Beginning in March 2017 developers building in more free parking for a project are required to encourage alternatives to cars for getting around. The way this is being done is through a point system. If you’re putting in 20 parking spots then you need 13 points of Transportation Demand Management offsetting. For instance the developer can facilitate car sharing services (6 points), offer bicycles for use for residents (1 point), setting aside space for on-site day care (2 points), and many more options. Estimates are that the program will see serious benefits ten to twenty years out.